Dinner & A Book: The Falls

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Episode #611 - The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

 A stunning, major achievement from Joyce Carol Oates, "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation). A haunting story of the powerful spell Niagara Falls casts upon two generations of a family, leading to tragedy, love, loss, and, ultimately, redemption. A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls," as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. At her side throughout, confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burnaby is unexpectedly transfixed by the strange, otherworldly gaze of this plain, strange woman, falling in love with her though they barely exchange a word. What follows is their passionate love affair, marriage, and children -- a seemingly perfect existence.

Original Airdate:
August 20, 2008

In This Episode


    Champagne: either Veuve Cliquot or Perrier and Jouet--very chilled and served in champagne flutes
    4 Appetizers:

    Stuffed Eggs

The Book

The Falls
By Joyce Carol Oates

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