November 24, 5 Minutes When I found this book tucked away in the fiction section of my favorite used bookstore, I was instantly intrigued for two big reasons. I will say, when I read the first pages of Foxfire, I was not particularly impressed. She alternates between referring to herself in third person and first person, possibly to separate her gang past from her mature present self, but it does get confusing at times. Through pulling off daring plots, acquiring funds and resources as needed, and above all, protecting her Foxfire blood sisters with ferocious tenacity, she is the selfless martyr the girls rely on to keep everyone together. Without Legs, there is no Foxfire.
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Plot[ edit ] Maddie Wirtz is a high school senior living in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. Maddie, Rita, and Violet flee after the confrontation turns violent, witnessed by student Goldie Goldman, who flees with them. Later, Legs finds Maddie at her house from the address in a notebook Maddie dropped in Mr. Maddie finds out at school that she, Rita, Violet, and Goldie are being suspended for the confrontation of Mr.
Buttinger, despite their explanation of what happened. After getting kicked out of school, the girls go to an abandoned house where Maddie suggested Legs stay, finding Legs there. Everything culminates when the girls crash a car stolen from a group of boys who were about to rape Maddie in "revenge" for what happened to Mr.
Though not seriously injured, the girls go on trial for stealing the car, with the boys and one of their girlfriends, Cindy, lying about the events leading up to it. Legs is sent to a juvenile prison and the group flounders without her, with Goldie starting to use heroin.
He is tied to a chair while the girls try to think of what to do next, and the tension rises as Legs begins taking her own paternal frustrations out on him. She finds Legs walking along the bridge, looking for a ride to another town. Both girls make proposals, Maddie for Legs to stay with her and the others and Legs for Maddie to join her on the road. Sad but resolute, the two eventually go their separate ways.
Legs gets a truck to stop and boards as Maddie watches it disappear. She travels the world, always stopping at airports and bus stops along the way. Although none of the group ever see Legs again, they still get together once in a while and strengthen their bond over the past.
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Legs is an athletic, charismatic girl with feminist ideals about female pride and solidarity. Soon afterwards, Legs announces her first plan for the gang: the public humiliation of their high school math teacher. Buttinger has taken an inappropriate interest in Rita, often mocking her in class and requiring her to stay after school for "disciplinary" sessions where he gropes her breasts. This first Foxfire adventure is non-violent; the girls paint graffiti messages on Mr. His secret now public, Mr. Buttinger is openly laughed at in school and quickly retires from teaching altogether.
Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang
Meet extraordinary women who dared to bring gender equality and other issues to the forefront. From overcoming oppression, to breaking rules, to reimagining the world or waging a rebellion, these women of history have a story to tell. Oates was born in New York state, the daughter of a tool-and-die designer and a homemaker. She studied English at Syracuse University B. She taught English at the University of Detroit from to and at the University of Windsor in Ontario , Canada, from to From she taught at Princeton University.
Joyce Carol Oates
Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates