The Tattooed Girl

The Tattooed Girl

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Joshua Seigl, a celebrated but reclusive author, is forced for reasons of failing health to surrender his much-prized bachelor's independence. Advertising for an assistant, he unwittingly embarks upon the most dangerous adventure of his privileged life. Alma Busch, a sensuous, physically attractive young woman with bizarre tattoos covering much of her body, stirs in Seigl a complex of emotions: pity? desire? responsibility? guilt? Unaware of her painful past and her troubled personality, Seigl hires her as his assistant. As the novel alternates between Seigl's and Alma's points of view, the nav̐e altruism of the one and the virulent anti-Semitism of the other clash in a tragedy of thwarted erotic desire. With her masterful balance of dark suspense and surprising tenderness, Joyce Carol Oates probes the contemporary tragedy of ethnic hatred and challenges our accepted limits of desire. The Tattooed Girl may be her most controversial novel.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla
[United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2009
ISBN: 9780061755262
0061755265
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Apr 02, 2010

In this novel, Oates explores the forging of identities despite history, preconceived notions and class obstacles. Oates has an unparalleled ability to develop her characters through pure, raw emotion. Their voices resonate strongly through their anger, fear, compassion, ignorance, and love, creating complex relationships which are constantly evolving.
There is hope throughout the book that love and openness will triumph over prejudice and hatred. The brutal ending, however, brings the reader back into the harsh reality, where folly and darkness show that humans still have a long way to go before fostering a culture of acceptance.

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