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The Sacrifice - A Novel

Joyce Carol Oates

New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates returns with an incendiary novel that illuminates the tragic impact of sexual violence, racism, brutality, and power on innocent lives and probes the persistence of stereotypes, the nature of revenge, the complexities of truth, and our insatiable hunger for sensationalism When a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice-of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a community transfixed by this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding around it, this profound novel exposes what-and who-the "sacrifice" actually is, and what consequences these kinds of events hold for us all. Working at the height of her powers, Oates offers a sympathetic portrait of the young girl and her mother, and challenges our expectations and beliefs about our society, our biases, and ourselves. As the chorus of its voices-from the police to the media to the victim and her family-reaches a crescendo, The Sacrifice offers a shocking new understanding of power and oppression, innocence and guilt, truth and sensationalism, justice and retribution. A chilling exploration of complex social, political, and moral themes-the enduring trauma of the past, modern racial and class tensions, the power of secrets, and the primal decisions we all make to protect those we love-The Sacrifice is a major work of fiction from one of our most revered literary masters.

New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates returns with an incendiary novel that illuminates the tragic impact of sexual violence, racism, brutality, and power on innocent lives and probes the persistence of stereotypes, the nature of revenge, the complexities of truth, and our insatiable hunger for sensationalism When a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice-of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a community transfixed by this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding around it, this profound novel exposes what-and who-the "sacrifice" actually is, and what consequences these kinds of events hold for us all. Working at the height of her powers, Oates offers a sympathetic portrait of the young girl and her mother, and challenges our expectations and beliefs about our society, our biases, and ourselves. As the chorus of its voices-from the police to the media to the victim and her family-reaches a crescendo, The Sacrifice offers a shocking new understanding of power and oppression, innocence and guilt, truth and sensationalism, justice and retribution. A chilling exploration of complex social, political, and moral themes-the enduring trauma of the past, modern racial and class tensions, the power of secrets, and the primal decisions we all make to protect those we love-The Sacrifice is a major work of fiction from one of our most revered literary masters.
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New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates returns with an incendiary novel that illuminates the tragic impact of sexual violence, racism, brutality, and power on innocent lives and probes the persistence of stereotypes, the nature of revenge, the complexities of truth, and our insatiable hunger for sensationalism When a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice-of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a community transfixed by this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding around it, this profound novel exposes what-and who-the "sacrifice" actually is, and what consequences these kinds of events hold for us all. Working at the height of her powers, Oates offers a sympathetic portrait of the young girl and her mother, and challenges our expectations and beliefs about our society, our biases, and ourselves. As the chorus of its voices-from the police to the media to the victim and her family-reaches a crescendo, The Sacrifice offers a shocking new understanding of power and oppression, innocence and guilt, truth and sensationalism, justice and retribution. A chilling exploration of complex social, political, and moral themes-the enduring trauma of the past, modern racial and class tensions, the power of secrets, and the primal decisions we all make to protect those we love-The Sacrifice is a major work of fiction from one of our most revered literary masters.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bahni Turpin, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Adam Lazzarre-White, Karole Foreman

Length:

10h 57m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:39


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

33:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

23:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

31:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

34:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

25:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

52:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

33:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

32:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

29:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

52:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:51