"New York Times" bestselling author of "The Falls," "Blonde,"
and "We Were the Mulvaneys," Joyce Carol Oates returns with a dark,
wry, satirical tale--inspired by an unsolved American true-crime
"Dysfunctional families are all alike. Ditto 'survivors.'"
So begins the unexpurgated first-person narrative of
nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike, the only surviving child of an
"infamous" American family. A decade ago the Rampikes were
destroyed by the murder of Skyler's six-year-old ice-skating
champion sister, Bliss, and the media scrutiny that followed. Part
investigation into the unsolved murder; part elegy for the lost
Bliss and for Skyler's own lost childhood; and part corrosively
funny expose of the pretensions of upper-middle-class American
suburbia, this captivating novel explores with unexpected sympathy
and subtlety the intimate lives of those who dwell in Tabloid
Likely to be Joyce Carol Oates's most controversial novel to
date, as well as her most boldly satirical, this unconventional
work of fiction is sure to be recognized as a classic exploration
of the tragic interface between private life and the perilous life
of "celebrity." In "My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of
Skyler Rampike," the incomparable Oates once again mines the depths
of the sinister yet comic malaise at the heart of our contemporary
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