The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

About the book

It is 1950 and, after a disastrous honeymoon night, Ariah Erskine’s young husband throws himself into the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. Ariah, “the Widow Bride of the Falls,” begins a relentless seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. At her side is confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burnaby, who is unexpectedly drawn to this plain, strange woman. What follows is a passionate love affair, marriage, and family–a seemingly perfect existence. But the tragedy by which they were thrown together begins to shadow them, damaging their idyll with distrust, greed, and even murder.

Review by The Olive Tree Reading Group:

Generally liked, but was criticised for its length, failure to examine the outcome of the ‘love canal’ scandal vis a vis the people who suffered as a result. A good read if sometimes repetitious.

Star rating: ***

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