In preparation for Joyce Carol Oates’ visit to The Book Works, I read “Them”, one of her earlier books an a winner of the National Book Award. Detroit in the ’60s — wow. Rich people, poor people, intense people, hollow people, violence, fear, desperation, loneliness, and just enough optimism to understand how we made it through the ’60s, how we do it now, and how some people make it through every single day.

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