Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates
To the outside world, Franky Pierson is a lucky girl with a charmed life. With a celebrity dad - TV sports commentator, Reid Pierson - and beautiful artist mother, living in a state-of-the-art designer home and wanting for nothing, their world could be described as perfect. And Franky could almost believe this is true - after all, her father keeps on telling her that it is and she would never disagree with him. But in that case, why is her mother spending time away from home? And how come her step-brother is barely speaking, and her little sister won't stop whining? Why are they all provoking dad in this way? Freaky Green Eyes knows the answers. Freaky Green Eyes is Franky's inner self. Only she dares to look at Franky's life and dare to suggest that all is not as it should be in the Pierson household. But is she strong enough to do anything about it - before something truly terrible happens? Her first novel for teens, Big Mouth and Ugly Girl ($ 16.99), offered clear, courageous insights on modern life Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â� compelling for adults and teens alike. This novel about Franky (15) and her family promises to be at least as good. Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Teens in upper middle and high school will be drawn to this fine psychological portrayal of family violence.Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â� Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â� School Library Journal.
"The relationship between Ursula and Matt grows, credibly and compellingly, against a convincing high school backdrop. Readers will relate to the pressures these two experience, both at school and from their parents, and be gratified by their ability to emerge the wiser." Publisher's Weekly Praise for Joyce Carol Oates' writing: "Miss Oates is one of our most audaciously talented writers. Her gift is so large, her fluency in different genres -- poems, short stories, novels, essays -- so great, that at times she seems to challenge the ability of readers to keep up with her." Erica Jong "One of the greatest writers of our time." John Gardner
Born in upstate New York in 1938, Joyce Carol Oates has twice been nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature. She has won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Pen / Faulkner Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the author of a number of distinguished books in several genres, all published within the past twenty-five years, and is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University.