Confessions of A Girl Gang

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In upstate New York during the 1950s, five rebellious teenage girls form a gang and embark on a mission of fury, anger, violence, and revenge. By the author of Black Water. 60,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
The time is the 1950s. The place is a blue-collar town in upstate New York, where five high school girls are joined in a gang dedicated to pride, power, and vengeance on a world they never made - a world that seems made to denigrate and destroy them. Foxfire is Joyce Carol Oates' strongest and most unsparing novel often engrossing, often shocking evocation of female rage, gallantry, and grit.
Here, then, are the Foxfire chronicles - the secret history of a sisterhood of blood, a haven from a world of lechers and oppressors, marked by a liberating fury that burns too hot to last. It is the story of Maddy Monkey, who writes it...of Goldie, whose womanly body masks a fierce, explosive temper...of Lana, with her Marilyn Monroe hair and packs of Chesterfields...of timid Rita, whose humiliation leads to the first act of Foxfire revenge. Above all, it is the story of Legs Sadovsky, with her lean, on-the-edge, icy beauty, whose nerve, muscle, hate, and hurt make her the spark of Foxfire, its guiding spirit, its burning core.
At once brutal and lyrical, this is a careening joyride of a novel - charged with outlaw energy and lit by intense emotion. The story moves over the years from the first eruption of adolescent anger at sexual abuse to a shared life financed by luring predatory men into traps baited with sex. But then the gang's very success leads to disaster - as Foxfire makes a last tragic stand against a society intent on swallowing it up. Yet amid scenes of violence, sexual abuse, exploitation, and vengeance lies this novel's greatest power: the exquisite, astonishing rendering of the bonds that link the girls of Foxfire together - especially that between Maddy, the teller of the tale, and Legs, whose quintessential strength and bedrock bravery make her one of the most vivid and vital heroines in modern fiction.

& Taylor

Tells the story of five teenage girls in the 1950s who form the gang, Foxfire, in order to escape their harsh and depressing home lives and to support each other in a society filled with violence, sexism, ignorance, and cruelty

Publisher: New York : Dutton, [1993]
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 9780525936329
Branch Call Number: FICTION OATES
Alternative Title: Foxfire


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Jane60201 Dec 05, 2013

Good psychological fiction and an interesting topic but the writing wasn't as compelling as I would have hoped for Joyce Carol Oates.

brianreynolds Aug 22, 2012

In the tradition of Robin Hood Joyce Carol Oates’ Foxfire describes a saintly outlaw’s heroic quest for justice and equality against odds that are overwhelming. Delightfully modern in its prose, Oates creates a female teenage Shane who rides into a fictional upstate New York metropolis to rescue gender-oppressed women, redistribute wealth, and inspire hope among youth before she disappears in a sunset made more resplendent by her passing. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Yes, there is even a young girl standing at the roadside crying, “Don’t go, Legs. Don’t go” as the dust settles. Is Foxfire grittier, grimier, gutsier that its Sherwoodian-Westernian predicessors? One would hope so since it belongs to us, to a world where toting firearms has become--even in Canada--a “right,” and the motiveless mass slaying of innocent humans seems to have become a weekly fact of our lives.

Twoey Gray
Jan 03, 2011

Hard to put down!

johnsonl Nov 16, 2010

Great book. Had to read it for school but actually enjoyed it. It has an easy-to-read but engaging and different writing style. The story will have you cheering for the characters and then cursing some of their decisions! I have read it 3 or 4 times!


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