Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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Mudgirl is a child abandoned by her mother in the silty flats of the Black Snake River. Mudgirl survives by an accident of fate - or destiny. The well-meaning couple who adopt her quarantine her poisonous history behind the barrier of their Quaker values. A riveting novel that explores the high price of success in the life of one woman - the first female president of a lauded Ivy league college - and her hold upon her self-identity in the face of personal and professional demons.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062095626
Branch Call Number: OATES
Characteristics: 428 p. ; 24cm.


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Jul 11, 2017

I was excited in the beginning, stayed alert to spectate M.R.'s inner and outer world, being tousled around many events and personal dramas, and yet, not confused by reality and psychic realm.
But gradually the mystery lost thrilling appeal, horror, still gruesome, no longer haunting. Mudwoman's credibility to become first female president of IV league school became less convincing. The writing also reduced to overdramatizing to entice cheap thrill. Though it's easy to follow the central theme, development of too many characters intertwined in too many stories weaken the impact and loosen the structure.

Jul 25, 2014

Superb writing. I have to read more of her novels.

DIVINE_7 Jul 25, 2013

Very good book,but where's the ending?

Jun 12, 2013

Not the best JCOates I've read but enough depth and layering to be thought provoking.

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