Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates
Started April 29, 2006
Finished April 30, 2006
Comments *warning, small spoilers enclosed*: It picked this up on a whim at the UBS last week. This was my third book by Oates; the firsts being The Falls and First Love. As with First Love, this felt more like an experiment with words, with sentences, with feelings and emotions, than just telling a story. I assume, from what I've read of Oates, that this is typical of her work and I just drink it up. I read this in less than twenty-four hours.
The main character, a young woman named Kelly Kelleher, is going through the final moments of her life. To me, this felt like how they say the last moments of your life are; the "your life flashing before your eyes" so to speak. An accident occurs, and as each chapter unfolds Kelly's mind flashes back and forth from her currect situation, earlier in that day, and even as far back as her childhood. The writing mimics how I imagine your thoughts do at that time; disjointed, tricky and confusing.
This was a tough, gripping, creepy read. I was already scared of drowning, it's aways been one of "those" fears I've had; now I'm terrified of it. Oates is so brilliant a writer though, that I just couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more by her.