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By Joyce Carol Oates

A enchanting novel that examines grief, religion, justice, and the atrocities of warfare during the tale of a tender girl's disappearance in a small adirondack town

Zeno mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the evening, long past lacking within the wilds of the Adirondacks. but if the group of Carthage joins a father's frantic look for the woman, they realize the unlikeliest of suspects—a adorned Iraq warfare veteran with shut ties to the Mayfield relatives. As grisly proof mounts opposed to the afflicted struggle hero, the relatives needs to strive against with the potential of having misplaced a daughter forever.

Carthage plunges us deep into the psyche of a wounded younger corporal, haunted through unspeakable acts of wartime aggression, whereas unraveling the tale of a disaffected younger lady whose exile from her relations could have come lengthy ahead of her disappearance.

Dark and riveting, Carthage is a strong addition to the Joyce Carol Oates canon, one who explores the human skill for violence, love, and forgiveness, and asks if it is ever really attainable to return domestic again.

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