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My Life as a Rat
My Life as a Rat: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
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A painful truth of family life: the most tender emotions can change in an instant. You think your parents love you but is it you they love, or the child who is theirs? --Joyce Carol Oates, My Life as a Rat Which should prevail: loyalty to family or loyalty to the truth? Is telling the truth ever a mistake and is lying for ones family ever justified? Can one do the right thing, but bitterly regret it? My Life as a Rat follows Violet Rue Kerrigan, a young woman who looks back upon her life in exile from her family following her testimony, at age twelve, concerning what she knew to be the racist murder of an African-American boy by her older brothers. In a succession of vividly recalled episodes Violet contemplates the circumstances of her life as the initially beloved youngest child of seven Kerrigan children who inadvertently informs on her brothers, setting into motion their arrests and convictions and her own long estrangement. Arresting and poignant, My Life as a Rat traces a life of banishment from a familybanishment from parents, siblings, and the Churchthat forces Violet to discover her own identity, to break the powerful spell of family, and to emerge from her long exile as a rat into a transformed life.
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Simona
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12 yo Violet Rue is girl from large family where loyalty is everything, she breaks that rule becoming a rat. Excluded from the family, living with the aunt, her life becomes a nightmare and a vicious cycle of a guilt. It‘s a extremely dark, melancholic story exploring race, gander, class, forgiveness and inner struggles of a abused child. Between 3 and 4 ⭐️.

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Clare_Riley
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Why am I only just reading a Joyce Carol Oates book NOW?! Well, this won‘t be the last book of hers that I‘ll read, that‘s for sure. A child is ostracised from her family, and it affects the rest of her life and her self esteem. How could it not? If any book character ever needed to be forcibly removed from her storyline and hugged, then this is that character. It really left me feeling such sadness for her. Highly recommended.

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Michellesibs
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Joyce Carol Oats is a name that is always popping up so I thought it was about time I gave her a whirl.
Find my full review here and feel free to add me (I love recommendations)
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2639147135?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

TrishB I‘ve had my eye on this one 👍🏻 6mo
Michellesibs @TrishB I don't imagine it will blow anyone away but it's definitely worth a read 🙂 6mo
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