Year 5, Book 36

36. The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates
Like Sushi for Beginners I checked out The Falls because it was readily available to download from Overdrive. Oates is one of my friend Alison’s favorite authors. As such I have read several books by Oates, none of which I have really enjoyed. After the last one I vowed I wouldn’t read any more of her novels as I just didn’t like them. I made an exception for this one because of it’s convenience and really wish I had stuck to my original proclamation as I didn’t like this one either.

The story revolves around a newlywed woman whose husband commits suicide by throwing himself over Niagara Falls on their honeymoon. She winds up getting remarried to one of the people involved in searching for her first husband after he disappears. The book is mainly the story of their life together. Like all of Oates books it was pretty depressing and I hated all the characters. So there you have it. I give it a 3 out of 10.

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