Little Bird of Heaven

Little Bird of Heaven

A Novel

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
When a young wife and mother named Zoe Kruller is found brutally murdered, the Sparta police target two primary suspects, her estranged husband, Delray Kruller, and her longtime lover, Eddy Diehl. In turn, the Krullers' son, Aaron, and Eddy Diehl's daughter, Krista, become obsessed with each other, each believing the other's father is guilty until they meet again as adults, ready to exorcise the ghosts of the past and come to terms with their legacy of guilt, misplaced love, and redemptive yearning.
Publisher: New York : Ecco Press, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061829833
Characteristics: 442 p. ; 24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

evaquin Nov 25, 2015

In Little Bird of Heaven, American author Joyce Carol Oates returns to upstate New York and the mythical town of Sparta, the setting of her previous novels We Were the Mulvaneys and The Gravedigger's Daughter.
In this 2009 novel—a true emotional battlefield—a young mother is brutally murdered and the police focus on two suspects, her estranged husband, Delray Kruller, and her lover, Eddy Diehl, creating an escalating tension between the Krullers son, Aaron, and Eddy’s daughter, Krista. Both kids grow up obsessed and infatuated with each other, and it is through their voices that we get to see the life of Sparta in all its darkness and mystery.
This is a brilliant and captivating tale where violence, betrayal, despair and sexuality get intertwined to a point where everything comes crashing down. Oates’ lyricism is here at its best.

Jun 22, 2015

Joyce Carol Oats is such a good writer that even though her topics are all-ways disturbing to one's psyche and equilibrium it is worth it just for the sake of reading such a skilled wordsmith.

Feb 07, 2015

A good story and is well written. It moves back and forth between the present and the past as the plot develops keeping you guessing right to the end. A good "winter" novel to read while the cold weather is upon us.

Sep 24, 2012

Just finished this 442-page novel, which represents working class America (in this case, Western New York) and their travails brilliantly, if with somewhat verbose prose. The writing is best in representing the id/superego dialectic of feminine sexuality. Recommended for JCO fans.


Add Age Suitability

Jun 22, 2015

mds9 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Related Authors

Subject Headings


Find it at MCPL

To Top