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Joyce Carol Oates

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"At one time this neighborhood had been his entire world, bounded on the north by the tire factory and its great, dangerous parking lots, and on the east by Grand Boulevard, and on the west by Lincoln Park; the southern end of the neighborhood just dwindled off into a twilight of street after street of ordinary shabby houses."
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"His route was unvaried so that he didn't have to think about it…Up Cook's steep hill to College Avenue and north on College to Central Avenue crossing the Cascadilla Creek, and downhill to West Avenue and to the suspension bridge above Fall Creek, eastward then to frozen Lake Beebe, along the icy-reed-thick shore of Lake Beebe where at dawn juncos and chickadees pierced the air with their sharp, inquisitive cries…"
-- We Were the Mulvaneys

"In Rochester she hadn't known where the Medical Center was so she'd had to stop to ask directions several times, intimidated by so much traffic, intimidated by the size and complexity of the city in which she had never driven before and by the nightmare network of elevated expressways, on and off ramps, exit only lanes…"
-- We Were the Mulvaneys


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