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Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang Foxfire is absolutely riveting and incredible I was hardly expecting it, but this tale of a 1950 s girl gang taking on the world is full of surprises and very impressive. If I wasn t reading this for a book club it would have been a hard DNF at about 30% But I m glad I finished it because it turns out it was fun to discuss it even if it wasn t fun to read I don t like stream of consciousness writing it always seems to me to beinteresting for the author than for the reader, and this was a case in point The idea sounded good a girl gang with a charismatic leader running rampant in 1950s upstate New York Unfortunately the execution was pretty dull skewe If I wasn t reading this for a book club it would have been a hard DNF at about 30% But I m glad I finished it because it turns out it was fun to discuss it even if it wasn t fun to read I don t like stream of consciousness writing it always seems to me to beinteresting for the author than for the reader, and this was a case in point The idea sounded good a girl gang with a charismatic leader running rampant in 1950s upstate New York Unfortunately the execution was pretty dull skewed timelines, the narrator being referred to sometimes in the first person and sometimes in the third, rambling sentences and two page long paragraphs about nothing in particular at one point there is an entire page devoted to listing out, verbatim, the rules and regulations of a juvenile detention centre The book is a memoir of Maddy Wirtz, a member of the FOXFIRE gang It chronicles the rise and eventual demise of the group at the hands of their glorious leader Margaret Legs Sadovsky All of the girls have very poor, or non existent, male role models and there are some horrific scenes of rape, sexual harassment and violence Sadovsky realises consciously or otherwise that the way out of their abuse is female solidarity and collective action, which works to a degree Some people at the book club really enjoyed it and I think it probably comes down to whether you re a plot driven person or not I am, and the plot for me was too tangled and slow I m glad I stuck with it but I wouldn t really recommend it I found it hard work that didn t pay off The time is the s The place is a blue collar town in upstate New York, where five high school girls are joined in a gang dedicated to pride, power, and vengeance on a world they never made a world that seems made to denigrate and destroy them Foxfire is Joyce Carol Oates strongest and most unsparing novel yetan often engrossing, often shocking evocation of female rage, gallantry, and grit Here, then, are the Foxfire chronicles the secret history of a sisterhood of blood, a haven from a world of lechers and oppressors, marked by a liberating fury that burns too hot to last It is the story of Maddy Monkey, who writes itof Goldie, whose womanly body masks a fierce, explosive temperof Lana, with her Marilyn Monroe hair and packs of Chesterfieldsof timid Rita, whose humiliation leads to the first act of Foxfire revenge Above all, it is the story of Legs Sadovsky, with her lean, on the edge, icy beauty, whose nerve, muscle, hate, and hurt make her the spark of Foxfire, its guiding spirit, its burning core At once brutal and lyrical, this is a careening joyride of a novel charged with outlaw energy and lit by intense emotion The story moves over the years from the first eruption of adolescent anger at sexual abuse to a shared life financed by luring predatory men into traps baited with sex But then the gang s very success leads to disaster as Foxfire makes a last tragic stand against a society intent on swallowing it up Yet amid scenes of violence, sexual abuse, exploitation, and vengeance lies this novel s greatest power the exquisite, astonishing rendering of the bonds that link the girls of Foxfire together especially that betweenMaddy, the teller of the tale, and Legs, whose quintessential strength and bedrock bravery make her one of the most vivid and vital heroines in modern fiction [EPUB] ✼ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✿ Ellen A. 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ve known women like the characters in this book, including some close friends I ve gotten to know over the years T If rock n roll is your ideal, then this is a book you want to read Not that Foxfire deals explicitly with music at any point, but Oates is able to distill that same electricity.The story is set in the 50s, but, except for a few scattered cultural markers, it could just as easily be set in the contemporary moment And I read it in that context Nothing felt put on, or for show I ve known women like the characters in this book, including some close friends I ve gotten to know over the years They are wild, and courageous, and vulnerable Most importantly, Joyce is able, with her capital letters and italics, to make you feel the urgency teen drama So if people want to debate the realness of her story, go for it I ll simply say, well, it s real enough.Hard not to fantasize, after reading this book, about what it would have been like to have joined a gang My advice start a rock band Next best thing My dance teacher recommended the movie but I have to read the book first lmao I see Joyce Carol Oates as being a heavy hitter in the literary fiction genre She has written many books and they re stuffed full of heavy themes In my mind I give her a sort of royal status of longterm women writers she pairs well with Margaret Atwood Oddly I have also given them masculine sounding monikers, as if they are athletic celebrities J.C.O Margaret F ing Atwood Real bro talk like.The Firefox gang shown here is really something Excellently, they re all teenagers, and they I see Joyce Carol Oates as being a heavy hitter in the literary fiction genre She has written many books and they re stuffed full of heavy themes In my mind I give her a sort of royal status of longterm women writers she pairs well with Margaret Atwood Oddly I have also given them masculine sounding monikers, as if they are athletic celebrities J.C.O Margaret F ing Atwood Real bro talk like.The Firefox gang shown here is really something Excellently, they re all teenagers, and they all make spectacularly bad decisions Because the gang members are girls, they risk much harsher consequences than boys would This book unblinkingly shows just how much hatred comes from men of all ages, especially when the men are looking at girls and women.All the characters here have flaws and wounds, and readers, if trying to learn something, don t know where to start.But one nice place, for female readers, is that we can see how to make our own spaces a Room of One s Own, borrowing from Virginia Woolf s idea.We aren t auxiliary members of a guy group We re our own thing Making new rules.It was just much harder, in the 1950s, when the plot takes place Foxfire members had very few precedent concepts on which to base their activities And their founding member, while incendiary and inspirational, was volatile and unstable Yes, Foxfire burns and burns But the young founders discovered that they may not have been the flames instead they were the twigs This is a really fun and exciting read, my favorite JCO work thus far Here, Joyce Carol Oates is at her best With such a young cast of characters Oates is at full liberty to show the smooth transition between social marginalization in childhood and an adult life that was far from ideal, a life of thievery The links between poverty, social marginalization, institutionalization, and crime are clear to those who have experienced them Never have I found a work of fiction that combines all these This is a really fun and exciting read, my favorite JCO work thus far Here, Joyce Carol Oates is at her best With such a young cast of characters Oates is at full liberty to show the smooth transition between social marginalization in childhood and an adult life that was far from ideal, a life of thievery The links between poverty, social marginalization, institutionalization, and crime are clear to those who have experienced them Never have I found a work of fiction that combines all these elements into such an enthralling and historically pertinent book.The portrait painted of Legs Sedovosky is so beautiful I wish I had known her Strong willed, strong boned, and strong legged Legs is stoic from the very beginning drawing others toward her with admiration and jealousy, flattery Her bold confidence rivaled the leaders of the male gangs in town, she was the real thing A gang leader with a purpose to provide for her loved ones and defend the meek She changed the hearts of those around her and inspired them through memory until the very end Let Legs inspire you as well and be bold in what you do Never back down, be who you really are Foxfire never forgets and neither will the next person you inspire. I absolutely loved this book with its great characters of Maddy Monkey and Legs Sadovsky Often written in Oates semi stream of consciousness style with the attendant lack of punctuation , it takes the reader on a wild adolescent ride with as always some points of social commentary along the way It certainly provides its own irreverant take on the sisterhood is powerful As was the case with Oates Man Crazy though perhaps, I think, a little less so , this book may not be to everyone s I absolutely loved this book with its great characters of Maddy Monkey and Legs Sadovsky Often written in Oates semi stream of consciousness style with the attendant lack of punctuation , it takes the reader on a wild adolescent ride with as always some points of social commentary along the way It certainly provides its own irreverant take on the sisterhood is powerful As was the case with Oates Man Crazy though perhaps, I think, a little less so , this book may not be to everyone s taste But for me, it was perfect Foxfire is the book that impacted me the most in Middle school Take that as you must, but I m happy to see that, unlike The Catcher in the Rye, it holds up reading it with adult eyes Of course, now, 10 years older than the last time I read it, I find issues with some of the characters I loved as a teenager, but I can see a desperation and naivete I couldn t see before This book is one of many that cements Oates into the the hall of fame of awesome American writers. Foxfire never says die.I have a Tattoo, based from this Book and the Movie that followed,that starred Angelina Jolie It s the story of a group of misfit girls, who fight back Yes, they are a girl gang, but they aren t the offshoot of a boy gang They aren t the girls of some local hoods They are the ones running the show.You are my Heart, Joyce Foxfire Forever.