Man Crazy (Paperback)
Plume Books, 9780452277243, 288pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 1998
Set in several towns on the Chatauqua River in upstate New York, Man Crazy tells the story of Ingrid Boone, who at age eight is taken into hiding by her beautiful young mother, Chloe. Sought by the men who have taunted Chloe, the authorities, and Ingrid's loving but volatile father still haunted by memories of Vietnam, Ingrid and her mother fight to survive both together and apart. "Man crazy" is the label assigned to teenage Ingrid, whose desperate need to find a substitute for her father's affection makes her easy prey for the charismatic leader of a violent cult. Eventually, the police surround the cult compound and a tense standoff erupts in bullets and flames. Ingrid escapes to rebuild her life, and Oates' depiction of this severely damaged young woman's slow but miraculous process of healing stands as one of the most brilliant portraits she has ever created. Oates' gift for haunting imagery reaches new heights in this emotionally resonant work.
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Praise For Man Crazy…
"Hypnotic and powerful. Man Crazy will take you on a dark and wild ride."
"Unlike anything Joyce Carol Oates has written before."
"Flawlessly written and haunting. Man Crazy demonstrates a distinctly American faith in the tenacious human spirit."