Them by Joyce Carol Oates

"Them" is a novel that chronicles the lives of the Wendall family, a lower-class family living in Detroit, over the course of three decades. The story, told from the perspective of three main characters, explores their struggles with poverty, violence, and a constant desire for a better life. It also delves into the societal issues of the time, including racial tensions and the disillusionment of the American Dream. The narrative is a gritty, realistic depiction of the hardships faced by many families in urban America during the mid-20th century.

The 1396th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 270

Since this book was first published in 1969, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 270.0.

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