Middle Age: A Romance by Joyce Carol Oates

About the book

In Salthill-on-Hudson, a half-hour train ride from Manhattan, everyone is rich, beautiful, and — though they look much younger — middle-aged. But when Adam Berendt, a charismatic, mysterious sculptor, dies suddenly in a brash act of heroism, shock waves rock the town. But who was Adam Berendt? Was he in fact a hero, or someone more flawed and human?

Reviewed by 104 Books Reading Group:

We were all ‘underwhelmed’ by this book, expecting more from such a well known US author. Good in parts, but not sufficient depth for us!

Star rating: **

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5 thoughts on “Middle Age: A Romance by Joyce Carol Oates”

  1. Review by Everton Reading Group:
    Not a normal choice for our group as individuals. It took a lot of perseverance to get into. Later on the viewpoint of individual characters became the story of each in relation to the main (dead) character. Very shallow and lacked impact. Too long and heavy!
    Star rating: **


  2. Review by Southsea Literature Group:
    A rambling verbose overlong novel. Particular descriptions and incidents well described, but tends towards repetition, self indulgence and – even though the author tells us the novel is a romance – goes so far over the top that she veers towards a gothic Mills and Boon.
    Star rating: ***


  3. Review byDogmersfield Reading Group: :
    With few redeeming features – wordy and over long.
    Star rating: no rating


  4. Review by Southampton U3A Literature Group:
    The group thought the book was over long and somewhat over stated. One member thought it reminded her of “Desperate Housewives” in the portrayal of bored and very rich women in the United States.
    Star rating: **


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