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The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates
The Falls begins with man committing suicide by plunging over Niagara Falls the morning after his wedding night. His wife, Ariah, spends seven days in the mist waiting for the falls to disgorge his body. Local attorney Dirk Burnaby is transfixed by this "Widow Bride of The Falls" and they fall in love, marry, and have children. Dirk's obsession is the legal representation for the first Love Canal victims, and his dogged pursuit of it ruffles the feathers of powerful men, who then set out to destroy him. Ariah is unable to cope with the tragedies in her life or accept fully the positive aspects of her life. Her children are left to find the truth and redemption that escapes their parents. Joyce Carol Oates' novel has received mixed reviews with BookPage saying, "Powerful, compassionate and ruefully humorous, The Falls is another example of Oates' inexhaustible brilliance."