Lewis DeSoto

A Community’s Crime

Rape, A Love Story

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Atlantic Books 154pp £9.99 order from our bookshop

Women are afraid of men. Not all of them, all of the time, but they know that men are capable of mixing sex and violence. Men sometimes do what women seldom, if ever do – commit rape.

‘After she was gang-raped, kicked and beaten and left to die on the floor of the filthy boathouse’ are the disturbing words that begin Joyce Carol Oates’s novella, Rape, A Love Story. In the fragmentary chapters that follow, told from shifting perspectives and points of view, Oates gives us the horrifically brutal act and the devastating effects it has on the lives of a woman and a twelve-year-old girl. 

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