From the book jacket
: Exploring the theme of a family torn
about by external events, Oates sets her story around the
majestic Niagara Falls and the less than majestic Love Canal
area on the eastern edge of Niagara Falls.
This is a fairly long book (one reviewer comments it has
enough material for two or three books!) but well worth the
read. I found the first 100 pages or so good but not gripping,
but got totally caught up in the story after that. All
reviewers seem to rate The Falls
as one of Oates' best
books to date (and considering that she has published around
100 that is quite a claim - see Oates'
Beyond the Book
A number of reviewers
compare Oates to Theodore Dreiser
(1871-1945), an American author whose novels
depict real-life subjects in a harsh light
and, at the time they were written, were
often considered to be amoral.