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Black Water
Black Water | Joyce Carol Oates
A senator seduces young Kelly Kelleher at a Fourth of July picnic, and as they head for his hotel, his rented Toyota swerves off the unnamed road and into the black water. Reprint.
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Simona
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Story is concentrated on one, single moment - drowning in the black water. Kelly is the young, insecure girl in the car with the charismatic, drunk senator. In flashbacks we learn her backstory and events that led up to the accident. Strong, powerful prose in the combination with sad, tragic story. One of those books which are slowly sneaking up on you. Between 3 and 4 ⭐️
Based on true events https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chappaquiddick_incident

Demibom My kind of book. Will check it out. Thank you 7mo
Simona @Demibom Short and powerful! Enjoy 😘 7mo
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Simona
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This weekend I was at Bled, drinking mulled wine, chatting with friends, enjoying in view ... and I also did a little readathoning. I managed to finish book in the tag. Not successful #24in48 #readathon for me, but it was nice, relaxed weekend.

Cinfhen Looks like a much needed relaxing weekend 💞How was the book?? Im meant to read it with @Reviewsbylola at some point this year 😂 7mo
batsy Looks gorgeous! Hope you had a lovely time 😘 7mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous Bled! How do you like the book? I‘m not a fan of Oates but I did enjoy this one. 7mo
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Simona @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB Interesting, well written story, but definitely from the category ‘borrow, not buy‘. Solid three ⭐️. This was my first book by her 🤫. 7mo
Simona @batsy Bled is such a dreamy place and beautiful in every season. It was really lovely and relaxing weekend after few months of stress... 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m not a big fan of her either @BarbaraBB but I heard this one is pretty good. I do own it but I bought it for under $2 so it‘s not an “investment” 7mo
Simona @Cinfhen That‘s reasonable price for one siting novella.😁 7mo
Cinfhen Agreed!!! If only booksellers & publishers agreed with our pricing 😉😘 7mo
LeahBergen It sounds like a lovely weekend! 7mo
UwannaPublishme Gorgeous photos of Slovenia. I must show them to my Mom. Glad you had such a relaxing time. 🤗❤️ 7mo
Simona @UwannaPublishme Thank you 😘 Bled especially is a very relaxing place. Next time I will post full screen picture for your mom. 7mo
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shawnmooney
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Cinfhen I have this book on my TBR ~ I‘ll be watching your review 👀 9mo
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nomadreader
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After finishing the podcast Coverup, exploring the death of Mary Jo Kopechne in Chappaquiddick, I wanted even more, so I picked up this novella inspired by its events. (Related, I highly recommend the film Chappaquiddick, a fictionalization of that fateful weekend.)

Reviewsbylola Ooooh did not know this was based on that! The fictionalized accounts of real people that JCO does have always been the Books of hers I love. Blonde and My Sister, My Love were excellent. 13mo
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Wilkie
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It‘s #Aharddaysnight for Kelly. She has only her memories and regrets to keep her company as the black water rises... #heyjune

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Sweettartlaura
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#thewallsareclosingin #24in48
@Liberty I found my favorite read of 2018 so far during the readathon.
This slim 26-year-old novel, based on the Chappaquidick incident, feels relevant during today‘s #timesup movement. And Oates does an AMAZING job of putting the reader in Kelly‘s place during this most crucial moment of her life.
Best read in one setting.
Enjoy!
@24in48

alisahar This sounds intriguing 2y
Sweettartlaura @alisahar It is!!! You won‘t put it down, promise! 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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Explosion vs car crash...
Auster vs Oates...
Who could choose between these two #fantasticfirstlines ???
#24in48

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Booksnchill
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Wow- absolute tour de force in 154 pages from Oates. Laser focus on the seduction of power and the dream/death state of a young girl at the moment the black water takes her. Novel about “the Senator” and Kelly Kelleher - thinly veiled Kennedy/ Kopechne Chappaquidick retelling. Oates is a master. 4⭐️👏👏👏👏

bookloo I love the way she writes. So raw. 💙 2y
Booksnchill @bookloo have you read this one? The and Beast so far are favorites of mine 2y
bookloo @Booksnchill No unfortunately! I‘ve only read The Sacrifice, and that was enough for me (at the time). It was hard to read, but I admired the way she could capture such brutality in an honest way. Many writers can‘t or won‘t do that. 2y
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Booksnchill @Bookloo I haven‘t read that one- I‘ll look for it but Beast and Black Water are both excellent and quite short 2y
bookloo @Booksnchill Noted! I‘ll make sure to check them out. 💙 2y
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Booksnchill
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This has been a two lunch read, short novel fictionalizing Ted Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick death of Mary Jo Kopechne. I like the way Oates has written this and recommend it so far. Probably cannot count for #NonFictionNovember but perhaps nonfiction adjacent??

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Sweettartlaura
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#30daysofreadathon #shortbook @DeweysReadathon

At 154 pg, they don't get much shorter. This fictionalization of the events at Chappaquidick will be a perfect readathon book 📚❤️

AceOnRoam I didn't know about this event. What an a-hole! 2y
Sweettartlaura @AceOnRoam Yeah, it's disturbing. I'm still not sure how he got away with it😕 2y
diovival This book has been sitting in my shelf for a long while. Will try to remember your readathon tip next month 2y
Sweettartlaura Oooh do it, @diovival ! 😊 I always shoot for short books during Readathons - makes me feel like I've accomplished more. I don't have a whole lot around to be read right now. So this is a definite for me next month for sure. 2y
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BarbaraBB
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It is true, while reading this book you hope against hope that it will not end as you know it must end.
She can definitely write, Joyce Carol Oates. It's just that Kelly and the Senator are too one dimensional to me. Yet, poor Kelly. It is as if Oates was sitting right beside her all the way. Certainly a book worth reading. #1001books

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AshleyHoss820
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This book is suffocating and infuriating and so good! It's that book where you know how it's going to end, but you keep hoping it will be different. The fact that this was inspired by true events gives that extra twist to your gut. 33/1,001 #1001Books

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LectricSheep
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For anyone doing #24in48 (or anyone just looking for good short novels), LitHub made a list of "20 Short Novels to Stay up all Night Reading" that might be useful: http://lithub.com/20-short-novels-to-stay-up-all-night-reading/

vivastory Perfect! Thanks! 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon I am always torn on readathon days whether to do a bunch of short things or just 1 REALLY long book! #bookishproblems 😉 3y
SharonGoforth Black Water is such a good book! 3y
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jdtchicago
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It makes me angry sometimes, it's a visceral thing--how you come to despise your own words in your ears not because they aren't genuine, but because they are; because you've said them so many times, your 'principles,' your 'ideals'--and so damned little in the world has changed because of them.

brendanmleonard So great to see another JCO fan here! 3y
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GinaAnderson
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Set not so much by the sea as under it. It's the fictionalized account of Chappaquiddick incident as told by the young woman in the car. #setbythesea #somethingforsept

LectricSheep I read this in high school, realized it was based on a true story, and was furious. When I heard in 2009 that Ted Kennedy had died, I remember saying he was probably beginning an eternity of being trapped underwater in a dark car...JCO really got to me with that one... 3y
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oh-papillon
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the unthinkable became, simply, history

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oh-papillon
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I'm about to start reading this book for class - my first time with Joyce Carol Oates!