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"A painful truth of family life: the most tender emotions can change in an instant. You think your parents love you but is it you they love, or the child who is theirs?" —Joyce Carol Oates, My Life as a Rat

Which should prevail: loyalty to family or loyalty to the truth? Is telling the truth ever a mistake and is lying for one's family ever justified? Can one do the right thing, but bitterly regret it?

My Life as a Rat follows Violet Rue Kerrigan, a young woman who looks back upon her life in exile from her family following her testimony, at age twelve, concerning what she knew to be the racist murder of an African-American boy by her older brothers. In a succession of vividly recalled episodes Violet contemplates the circumstances of her life as the initially beloved youngest child of seven Kerrigan children who inadvertently "informs" on her brothers, setting into motion their arrests and convictions and her own long estrangement.

Arresting and poignant, My Life as a Rat traces a life of banishment from a family—banishment from parents, siblings, and the Church—that forces Violet to discover her own identity, to break the powerful spell of family, and to emerge from her long exile as a "rat" into a transformed life.

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"A painful truth of family life: the most tender emotions can change in an instant. You think your parents love you but is it you they love, or the child who is theirs?" —Joyce Carol Oates, My Life as a Rat

Which should prevail: loyalty to family or loyalty to the truth? Is telling the truth ever a mistake and is lying for one's family ever justified? Can one do the right thing, but bitterly regret it?

My Life as a Rat follows Violet Rue Kerrigan, a young woman who looks back upon her life in exile from her family following her testimony, at age twelve, concerning what she knew to be the racist murder of an African-American boy by her older brothers. In a succession of vividly recalled episodes Violet contemplates the circumstances of her life as the initially beloved youngest child of seven Kerrigan children who inadvertently "informs" on her brothers, setting into motion their arrests and convictions and her own long estrangement.

Arresting and poignant, My Life as a Rat traces a life of banishment from a family—banishment from parents, siblings, and the Church—that forces Violet to discover her own identity, to break the powerful spell of family, and to emerge from her long exile as a "rat" into a transformed life.

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subject_facetAfrican American boys -- Crimes against -- Fiction
Alienation (Social psychology) -- Fiction
Audiobooks
Betrayal -- Fiction
Electronic books
Exile (Punishment) -- Fiction
Families -- Fiction
Hate crimes -- Fiction
Large type books
Life change events -- Fiction
Murder -- Fiction
Novels
Reflection (Philosophy) -- Fiction
Self-realization in women -- Fiction
Witnesses -- Fiction
title_displayMy life as a rat : a novel
title_fullMy Life as a Rat A Novel
My life as a rat / Joyce Carol Oates
My life as a rat : a novel / Joyce Carol Oates
My life as a rat : a novel [electronic resource] / Joyce Carol Oates
My life as a rat [text (large print)] / Joyce Carol Oates
title_shortMy life as a rat
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Alienation (Social psychology)
Betrayal
Crimes against
Electronic books
Exile (Punishment)
Families
Fiction
Hate crimes
Life change events
Literature
Murder
Reflection (Philosophy)
Self-realization in women
Witnesses