Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang (Paperback)

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While I'm an unabashed lover of all things JCO (Joyce Carol Oates), this 1994 chronicle of a teen girl gang in upstate NY takes the cake. Awesome packaging aside, the story throttles forward on fear, adrenaline, and prose that mirrors that of the Beats. A great pick for women youngish and old, Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang is a compulsive account of 1950s culture, rebellion, and the consequences of defiance in a conservative society.

— Linnie


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 that seems made to denigrate and destroy them. Foxfire is Joyce Carol Oates's strongest and most unsparing novel yet an always engrossing, often shocking evocation of female rage, gallantry, and grit. Here is the secret history of a sisterhood of blood, a haven from a world of male oppressors, marked by a liberating fury that burns too hot to last. 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. Amid scenes of violence and vengeance lies this novel's greatest power: the exquisite, astonishing rendering of the bonds that link the Foxfire girls together. Foxfire reaffirms Joyce Carol Oates's place at the very summit of American writing.

About the Author

In addition to many prize-winning and bestselling novels, includingWe Were the Mulvaneys, Black Water, Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart, andBroke Heart Blues, Joyce Carol Oatesis the author of a number of works of gothic fiction includingHaunted: Tales of the Grotesque, a World Fantasy Award nominee; andZombie, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel, awarded by the Horror Writers' Association. In 1994, Oates received the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in Horror Fiction. She is the editor ofAmerican Gothic Tales. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey."

Praise For…

"Brilliant Foxfire burns brightly exhilarating."
New York Times Book Review

"Wonderful, beautiful, a vivid novel."
Washington Post

"Profound a riveting whirlwind of a novel."
Los Angeles Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780452272316
ISBN-10: 0452272319
Publisher: Plume Books
Publication Date: August 1st, 1994
Pages: 336
Language: English