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After the Wreck, I Picked Myself up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away

By Joyce Carol Oates

After the Wreck, I Picked Myself up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2006,
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    Age range: Young Adult


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Jenna Abbott separates her life into two categories: before the wreck and after the wreck. Before the wreck, she was leading a normal life with her mom in suburban New York. After the wreck, Jenna is alone, trying desperately to forget what happened that day on the bridge.

Then she meets Crow. He is a powerfully seductive enigma, and Jenna is instantly drawn to him. Crow is able to break down the wall that Jenna has built around her emotions, and she surprises herself by telling him things she hasn't told anyone else. Can Jenna bring herself to face the memories she's tried so hard to erase?

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"Oates's style makes for a compelling reading experience, and although Jenna is not necessarily a likable girl, readers will care what happens to her as she finds her way back after the tragedy." - KLIATT.
"There is too much going on, with everything spelled out, including the metaphor of [Jenna's] need to cross over the treacherous bridge. But Oates gets the contemporary teen voice just right".

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Joyce Carol Oates Author Biography

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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.

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