This dark little fable of masculinity is set in Niagara Falls in the mid-1990s. Teena Maguire, a young widow, is gang-raped and left for dead in a park. Her 12-year-old daughter Bethie escapes the attackers and hides, but hears the whole assault. The book deals with the aftermath: Maguire's slow recovery and the vicious rumours that swirl around the town.
My review of Joyce Carol Oates’ Rape, A Love Story for the Scotsman, can be read here. (3rd July 2005)