Friday, June 26, 2015

Four books that changed Maureen McCarthy

Maureen McCarthy is one of Australia's most popular young adult authors. One of four books that changed the author, as shared at the Sydney Morning Herald:
Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart
Joyce Carol Oates

Oates refuses to stay in the domestic personal sphere. Her many titles dig courageously into race and class, popular culture, politics and history, all of them with truly believable characters at their core. This one depicts two families in a small upstate New York city, one white and one black, separated by the invisible colour line until a violent act links them irrevocably. The story slides into the complex morass of entrenched racism. Oates' writing is so vivid, so fresh and fluid, so amazingly insightful, that the book is more a cause for wonder than despair.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue