The Tattooed Girl

The Tattooed Girl

A Novel

Book - 2003
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When his health starts to fail, Joshua Seigl, a celebrated, but reclusive author, must give up his independence. He hires Alma Busch as his assistant, a sensuous young woman with a troubled past and bizarre tattoos covering her body. Unaware that she is a virulent anti-Semite, Alma stirs in him a complex of emotions, and the two characters clash in a tragedy of thwarted erotic desire.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780060531065
Branch Call Number: FIC Oates
Characteristics: 307 p.


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Apr 02, 2010

In this novel, Oates explores the forging of identities despite history, preconceived notions and class obstacles. Oates has an unparalleled ability to develop her characters through pure, raw emotion. Their voices resonate strongly through their anger, fear, compassion, ignorance, and love, creating complex relationships which are constantly evolving.
There is hope throughout the book that love and openness will triumph over prejudice and hatred. The brutal ending, however, brings the reader back into the harsh reality, where folly and darkness show that humans still have a long way to go before fostering a culture of acceptance.

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