Joyce Carol Oates' 'The Sacrifice' Revisits Themes of Tawana Brawley Rape Case

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Joyce Carol Oates' new novel "The Sacrifice" is loosely based on the real-life case of Tawana Brawley, the African-American teenager from New York who gained notoriety in the late 1980s when she falsely claimed to have been gang raped. Going beyond the 25-year-old headlines, Oates engages readers in a contemporary dialogue about race, sexual abuse, and the nature of truth. She joins us to talk about her book and her prolific career.


Joyce Carol Oates, author of numerous works including "Them," for which she won a National Book Award in 1969, and "Blonde" which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2000