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Blonde: A Novel (P.S.)
by Joyce Carol Oates

Published: 2017-02-14
Kindle Edition : 754 pages
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In this ambitious book, Joyce Carol Oates boldly reimagines the inner, poetic, and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker—the child, the woman, the fated celebrity and idolized blonde the world came to know as Marilyn Monroe. In a voice startling, intimate, and rich, Norma Jeane tells her ...
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In this ambitious book, Joyce Carol Oates boldly reimagines the inner, poetic, and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker—the child, the woman, the fated celebrity and idolized blonde the world came to know as Marilyn Monroe. In a voice startling, intimate, and rich, Norma Jeane tells her own story, that of an emblematic American artist—intensely conflicted and driven—who has lost her way. A powerful portrait of Hollywood’s myth and an extraordinary woman’s heartbreaking reality, Blonde is a sweeping epic that pays tribute to the elusive magic and devastation behind the creation of the great twentieth-century American star.

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Was Norma Jean mentally ill? Who really loved Norma Jean? Who do you dislike the most in the book?
by cclasse (see profile) 08/21/13

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Well Written
by retiredreaderNE (see profile) 08/21/13
Make sure that your readers are up to dealing with blunt language and sexual content. It\\\'s a long book at over 700 pages. Make sure your group is willing to invest the time it takes to get through it. As always Oates delivers good writing.

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  "Blonde"by cclasse (see profile) 08/21/13

 
  "Oates Delivers"by retiredreaderNE (see profile) 08/21/13

It's creative and brilliant. It's difficult and frustrating. It makes you think. Our discussion was great. Even those readers who didn't care for the book were engaged in the discussion.

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