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By Joyce Carol Oates

A tender girl's disappearance rocks a neighborhood and a relations during this stirring exam of grief, religion, justice, and the atrocities of battle from Joyce Carol Oates, "one of the nice inventive forces of our time" (The Nation)

Zeno Mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the evening, long gone lacking within the wilds of the Adirondacks. but if the neighborhood of Carthage joins a father's frantic look for the woman, they realize the unlikeliest of suspects—a embellished Iraq conflict veteran with shut ties to the Mayfield kinfolk. As grisly facts mounts opposed to the afflicted warfare hero, the kinfolk needs to combat with the opportunity of having misplaced a daughter forever.

Carthage plunges us deep into the psyche of a wounded younger corporal haunted through unspeakable acts of wartime aggression, whereas unraveling the tale of a disaffected younger lady whose exile from her kinfolk can have come lengthy earlier than her disappearance.

Dark and riveting, Carthage is a strong addition to the Joyce Carol Oates canon, one who explores the human ability for violence, love, and forgiveness, and asks if it's ever really attainable to return domestic back.

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Arson. David’s jaw clenched as the platform rose. Had to be. He’d seen it before, up close and way too personally. The wind shifted again and he flinched when the flames lurched his way. For a split second he lost his footing. Focus, boy. Stay alive. ” Jeff’s voice was urgent amid the crackling. ” The platform rose a few more feet, lifting him alongside a large picture window. Every condo on the upper floors had them. He saw no flames, but smoke billowed from the smaller windows which had already burst from the heat.

Scotty was frowning at the girl’s hands. ” David’s captain and two uniformed cops joined them, the three of them bending over the gurney to see her hands. ” one of the cops asked. “I don’t know, but whatever it is, it reflects light. I saw her handprints on the window,” David told him. “My light hit the glass and the prints shone. Fire investigator’s going to want to sample it. If she set this fire, she got stuck up there and panicked. ” “If she didn’t do this fire, it’s murder,” the other cop said.

These two victims. A middleaged guard and a teenaged girl. Think about them. Think about justice for them. Do your damn job. She drew another breath, grimacing at the stench of smoke. It had been a bad fire. Two companies had responded to the scene-two pumpers, an aerial tower truck, and the two rescue squads they wouldn’t be needing after all. Only the morgue rig would be transporting tonight. As her feet moved, she found herself searching the fire trucks for station numbers, another habit she’d picked up in the last seven months, one she found nearly as distasteful as her new fear of dead bodies.

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