The Tattooed Girl

The Tattooed Girl

A Novel

Book - 2003
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A reclusive Jewish author in failing health decides to hire a live-in assistant, a young woman about whose tortured past, violent behaviour and virulent anti-Semitism he has no knowledge. Both will make discoveries, about themselves and each other.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2003.
ISBN: 9780060531065
0060531061
Characteristics: 307 pages ;,24 cm.

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Cecilturtle
Apr 02, 2010

In this novel, Oates explores the forging of identities despite history, preconceived notions and class obstacles. Oates has an unparalleled ability to develop her characters through pure, raw emotion. Their voices resonate strongly through their anger, fear, compassion, ignorance, and love, creating complex relationships which are constantly evolving.
There is hope throughout the book that love and openness will triumph over prejudice and hatred. The brutal ending, however, brings the reader back into the harsh reality, where folly and darkness show that humans still have a long way to go before fostering a culture of acceptance.

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