When a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice--of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a community transfixed by this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding around it, this profound novel exposes what--and who--the "sacrifice" actually is, and what consequences these kind of events hold for us all.
New Jersey -- Race relations -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Teenage girls -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Foreman, Karole, narrator.
Harper Audio (Firm)
Johnson, Sisi Aisha, narrator.
Lazarre-White, Adam, 1969- narrator.
Turpin, Bahni, narrator.