Joyce Carol Oates has been called one of the most quintessentially American writers. She’s also one of the most prolific, with more than 70 books to her name. We’ve selected her 2007 novel The Gravedigger’s Daughter for our next Book Club read. It weaves in some of her own family’s story and is set in rural New York, where the author was raised. It tells the story of Rebecca, the daughter of a man who, after fleeing Nazi Germany in 1936 and immigrating with his family to a small town in upstate New York, can only find work as a gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. When the family's bleak situation and emotional frailty sparks an unthinkable tragedy, Rebecca, heads out into America seeking renewal, redemption, and peace from the violence of her past.
Joyce Carol Oates will be here January 7 to talk about the novel! Get the conversation started now by leaving your comments and questions about the book!