Black Water

Joyce Carol Oates (1992)

The rented Toyota, driven with such impatient exuberance by The Senator, was speeding along the unpaved unnamed road, taking the turns in giddy skidding slides, and then, with no warning, somehow the car had gone off the road and had overturned in black rushing water, listing to its passenger’s side, rapidly sinking.
Am I going to die?–like this?
–Chapter One, Black Water

A fictional account of the Kennedy/Chappaquiddick incident told from Mary Jo Koppeckney’s point of view. The use of first person makes it a very haunting read, especially throughout the portion recounting the accident.


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