In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God's will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic doctor who is killed, leaves behind a wife and children scarred and embittered by grief.
In her moving, insightful portrait, Joyce Carol Oates fully inhabits the perspectives of two interwoven families whose destinies are defined by their warring convictions and squarely - but with great empathy - confronts an intractable, abiding rift in American society.
A Book of American Martyrs is a stunning, timely depiction of an issue hotly debated on a national stage but that makes itself felt most lastingly in communities torn apart by violence and hatred.
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NO! Just NO! INSULTING!
There are only 2 martyrs in this book.The physician and the clinic escort murdered by a radical religious zealot!(Author tries to portray the murderer as one as well, NO!) The women are written in a sexist/misogynistic manner. Both wives fall apart because their husbands are not there to hold their hands.NO! The wives/mothers abandon their children because they are what..ill equipped to handle life without a man?? NO! The Radical Christian zealot is NOT mentally ill, he is a premeditated-MURDERER! I could go on and on but this book was a complete failure. If I wanted to read about boxing, I would have bought a novel on the sport, not this poor attempt at covering a very important topic in todays society! Only one section in Chapter 66 describes the current situation facing Abortion Providers, women's healthcare rights and dangerous christian radicals in 2017 America." ...the protesters were angrier and more confrontational and there were more of them." almost overnight "He would say somebody was going to be hurt, stronger security was needed from the police" "Right away 2 nasty things appeared on anti-abortion web sites." "Broome county was singled out, Dr. Voorhees was singled out" . "Army of God is strong in Ohio, especially rural Ohio" "Operation Rescue is still strong" "We did not think any of them would murder any one of us" . Reality is that,This is playing out every week across this country and these Zealots will hurt or murder again as they did Dr. Tiller in Colorado. If you do not support ISIS or other Religious Radical groups then make no mistake, that is EXACTLY what the Radical Christian Right of today is! Instead of this poorly researched book, try reading 'Life's Work" by Dr.WIllie Parker.
Performance were fine, just the material was insulting..
Anger, as it portrays women so poorly and feeds the misogyny of todays society, Shame on Joyce Carol Oates, she could have risen to the challenge of this topic but chose to troll the bottom of the scum pond. Shame!
- Jill Reynolds
A weak & disappointing conclusion