New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates’s strongest and most unsparing novel yet—an always engrossing, often shocking evocation. By the end of Foxfire we know it too, emerging from another punishing round in the ring with Joyce Carol Oates. In this sombre story of blood. It was between the ages of thirteen and seventeen that I belonged to FOXFIRE and FOXFIRE made sacred those years.” Madeleine Faith Wirtz narrates Oates’s .

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Several other girls ask to join the gang. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Many wanted to ban this Aug 01, Pages. I had to re-read the first few pages several times.

Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang

Want to Read saving…. Although this is where my only problem with the book arose, the lack of adequate portrayal of men in the book. That doesn’t mean to just take rape and domestic abuse in stride, it does mean you have the right to protect yourself but not to put others down as much as ojyce have been. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. However ultimately I went with one, jouce I just wasn’t engaged with this book throughout reading it, and was slightly elated once I was done and knew I didn’t have to pick it up again.

Dec 10, Heather Duff rated it it was amazing.

It was like an all-girl version of Fight Club, set in s New York. Jul 23, Randy Mason rated it it was amazing. Oxtes large problem that I j Gaypede Book Club Pick February I ooates had a bit of time to think after hearing opinions at book club, and sadly I am still the odd man out. I would expect someone looking back on her teenage years to experience a flood of memories and emotions not easily expressed in good grammar.


Foxfire begins to gain attention in school and around town. Encouraged by this first victory, Foxfire becomes increasingly bold in their activities. Voxfire, I really enjoyed reading Foxfire, and would recommend it for anyone looking for a little bit tougher read that still has some action and excitement to it.

Strong willed, strong boned, and strong legged: Throughout the book, she spouts socialist phrases and ideologies, although she has no understanding of what any of it actually means, and experiments with commonly accepted paradigms of gender and power.

Buttinger is openly laughed at in school and quickly retires from teaching altogether. Maddy switches haphazardly between first person and third person points of view.

I’m still in the high of its climax, almost a full day after I’ve put it down, and will naturally be going through its withdrawal in the upcoming week. Now her face annoys me. A gang leader with a purpose: But for me, it was perfect.

This for some reason was not one of those books. The portrait painted of Legs Sedovosky is so beautiful I wish I had known her. Nothing felt put on, or “for show.

Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang by Joyce Carol Oates

The idea sounded good: Read it Forward Read it first. Stories High Lonesome: It was truly a very awesome read, and something that I will no doubt pick up again in the future. In many joyec, Legs is as multi-faceted as the book itself. Sep 17, Minutes. Yet amid scenes of violence, sexual abuse, exploitation, and vengeance lies this novel’s greatest power: I don’t know if that makes sense, as I am writing this in bits and pieces, but it’s just something I’ve noticed a lot lately.

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The run-on sentences, capital letters, and lack of punctuation dragged my eye across the page and made the book very difficult to put down. 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. 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.


I mean, there is the obvious reason why, which is that it’s about a girl gang that targets predatory men and boys – and of course, horrible pet shops – with a sense of prefeminist vengeance.

I have a Tattoo, voxfire from this Book and the Movie that followed, Feb 26, Laura pates it it was ok. I was vacillating between 1 and 2 stars for my review, because despite my personal issues with the book I can see how it would have been an important piece for when it was written.

Feminist vigilantism appeals to me on this base, primal level, even if I have problems with violence in general.

Aug 01, Eddie Generous rated it it was amazing. Although much of their early activities involve small-scale vandalism and shoplifting, they also brutally beat Maddy’s uncle, Wimpy Wirtz, after he sexually assaults her and repeatedly cons her out foxfird receiving his old typewriter. Foxfire is by far my favorite of the two books.

This “gang of girls” was not intimidating whatsoever imo.