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

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 by Joyce Carol Oates
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2006
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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 was born in Lockport, New York, in 1938 and grew up on the family farm where she developed a love of literature and writing. She earned a scholarship to Syracuse University and graduated valedictorian. She then took a masters degree, after which she started teaching at the University of Detroit where she met her first husband Raymond J Smith. In the late '60s, they moved to the University of Windsor in Canada, where they were co-editors of the literary quaterly publication The Ontario Review. In the late 1970s she took a teaching position at Princeton University where she is currently the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities.

She published her first book in 1963, and has published over 40 ...

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