Freaky Green Eyes
By Joyce Carol Oates
(HarperTeen, Library Binding, 9780066237572, 352pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 2003
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Later, I would think of it as crossing over. From a known territory into an unknown. From a place where people know you to a place where people only think they know you.
It began with me a year ago this past July. A few weeks after my fourteenth birthday. When Freaky Green Eyes came into my heart.
When her parents separate, Franky Pierson has no trouble deciding whose side she's on. After all, her mother is the one who chose to leave. And when her mother is suddenly reported missing, Franky believes she's simply pulled a disappearing act and deserted their family for good. But a part of Franky, a part she calls Freaky Green Eyes, knows that something is wrong. And it's up to Freaky to open Franky's eyes to the truth.
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and the National Humanities Medal, our government's highest civilian honor for the arts. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. 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 Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the 2010 recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Joyce Carol Oates lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
“Oates builds the mounting tension masterfully, crafting a fast-paced narrative that will haunt readers long after the final page.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Moves along at the breathless pace”
“A suspenseful story…grippingly realistic”
“A fast-paced, first-person thriller”
“Among this year’s most compelling fiction”
“Observant family history and a developing mystery.”