Expensive people / Joyce Carol Oates ; introd. by Elaine Showalter ; afterword by Joyce Carol Oates.
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- ISBN: 9780307495365 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
- ISBN: 0307495361 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
- Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 
- Copyright: ©2006
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Set in the late 1960s, this first-person confession is narrated by Richard Everett, a precocious and obese boy who sees himself as a minor character in the alarming drama unfolding around him. Fascinated by yet alienated from his attractive, self-absorbed parents and the privileged world they inhabit, Richard incisively analyzes his own mismanaged childhood, his pretentious private schooling, his "successful-executive" father, and his elusive mother. In an act of defiance and desperation, eleven-year-old Richard strikes out in a way that presages the violence of ever-younger Americans in the turbulent decades to come.
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