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My life as a rat [Large print] : a novel / Joyce Carol Oates.

Available copies

  • 5 of 10 copies available at NC Cardinal.

Current holds

1 current hold with 10 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Albert Carlton - Cashiers Community Library LP OATES (Text) 39493108507320 Adult Large Print New Fiction Checked out 10/24/2019
Cleveland County Main Library LP OATES (Text) 22281500141607 Adult Large Print Fiction Checked out 11/02/2019
Eden Library LP Fic (Text) 31554010514510 Adult Large Print Fiction Available -
Henderson Main Branch OAT (Text) 33258008577749 Adult Large Print Fiction Reshelving -
Marion Library LP OAT (Text) 37810435359996 Adult Large Print New Fiction Checked out 10/17/2019
Mary Duncan Public Library LP Oates (Text) 38950611254279 Adult Large Print New Fiction Available -
North Davidson Public Library F OAT (Text) 25908007397412 Adult Large Print New Fiction Checked out 10/30/2019
Scotland Neck Memorial Library LP F OATES (Text) 01011700036974 Adult Large Print Fiction Available -
Statesville Main Library L.P. OATES (Text) 33114018202077 Adult Large Print Fiction Available -
Wilkes County Public Library LP OAT (Text) 50501011665185 Adult New Fiction Checked out 10/28/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062911513
  • ISBN: 0062911511
  • Physical Description: 558 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
  • Publisher: [New York] : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
Which should prevail: loyalty to family or loyalty to the truth? Is telling the truth ever a mistake and is lying for one's 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 family -- banishment from parents, siblings, and the Church -- that 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.
Subject: Exile (Punishment) > Fiction.
African American boys > Crimes against > Fiction.
Hate crimes > Fiction.
Alienation (Social psychology) > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Betrayal > Fiction.
Life change events > Fiction.
Reflection (Philosophy) > Fiction.
Self-realization in women > Fiction.
Genre: Large type books.
Domestic fiction.
Psychological fiction.

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