Book of American Martyrs

A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates

LA Times review:

“The latest novel from the famously prolific author is one of her most shocking, and also one of her best. Oates investigates the aftermath of the assassination of a doctor who performs abortions at the hands of a die-hard evangelical Christian in a small Ohio town.”

Featured in LA Times’ Best Fiction books of 2017.

Washington Post review:

“An explosive story about the family of an abortion doctor and the family of the man who murdered him.”

Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Fiction Books of 2017.

Aggregated customer review rating:

4.1 out of 5.0

Ranked 143rd in Books

Ranked 43rd in Fiction

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From the famous New York Times bestselling author, Joyce Carol Oates comes the bestselling, and striking, vastly affecting novel called A Book of American Martyrs.

The novel is a tale of how two very different American families are intimately linked through the actions they took based on their moral beliefs. Oates creates an insightful portrayal of their perspectives and how their destinies became entwined due to their vastly different convictions. Their conflict is such a riveting presentation of the abiding rift in American society.

A dedicated Evangelical, Luther Dunphy believes himself acting out God’s will when he assassinates the abortion provider, Augustus Voorhees in the small Ohio town where they both reside. The act leaves behind Voorhees’s a wife and children who are scarred from the loss and who subsequently become bitter with grief.

This book is a timeless classic that depicts a nationally debated issue. It highlights how it can leave families and communities torn apart by violence and hatred. Oates reveals the profound and raw effects and humanized the problems.

USA Today raves about it with 4-star review. “Oates’ American saga captivates because it exists within an actual drama playing out across the country… Martyrs is a graceful and excruciating story of two families who do not live very far apart, but exist in different realities.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, this novel is “Successful because [Oates] refuses to satirize or dehumanize anyone, even murderous foes of abortion… With its wrath and violence, A Book of American Martyrs offers this teaspoon of warmth in these troubled times: that it is possible to be wrong without surrendering your humanity”, while Washington Post calls it, “The most relevant book of Oates’s half-century-long career, a powerful reminder that fiction can be as timely as this morning’s tweets but infinitely more illuminating.”

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