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Novelist Joyce Carol Oates dystopian short story on America in the post-civil liberties era Or so at first it seemed. I’d been named valedictorian of my class at Pennsboro High School. And I’d been the only one at our school, of five students nominated, to be awarded a federally funded Patriot Democracy Scholarship. My mother came running to hug me and congratulate me. And my father, though more warily.
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