By Joyce Carol Oates
A captivating novel that examines grief, religion, justice, and the atrocities of warfare throughout the tale of a tender girl's disappearance in a small adirondack town
Zeno mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the evening, long gone lacking within the wilds of the Adirondacks. but if the group of Carthage joins a father's frantic look for the lady, they detect the unlikeliest of suspects—a adorned Iraq conflict veteran with shut ties to the Mayfield relatives. As grisly proof mounts opposed to the battle hero, the family members needs to combat with the potential for having misplaced a daughter forever.
Carthage plunges us deep into the psyche of a wounded younger corporal, haunted through unspeakable acts of wartime aggression, whereas unraveling the tale of a disaffected younger woman whose exile from her kin can have come lengthy prior to her disappearance.
Dark and riveting, Carthage is a robust addition to the Joyce Carol Oates canon, one who explores the human capability for violence, love, and forgiveness, and asks if it truly is ever really attainable to return domestic again.
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