“In 48 Clues into the Disappearance of My Sister, Oates has added another disturbing character to her bountiful cast of strange people and devised another chilling work . .
“Joyce Carol Oates’ tales are unsettling, disquieting, some endings left hanging, leaving readers with questions that implicate more horror yet to come to
This collection is not easy to approach because of the different realities and forms of expression it uses—and they might have been useful had they prompted deeper reflections. But not.
“Using her remarkable, literary voice to investigate the psychological experiences of victims, Oates requires that we willingly suspend our disbelief and reject realism as a means to identi
“My Life as a Rat is a quiet, contemplative tour-de-force.”
Beautiful Days is a collection of short stories by author Joyce Carol Oates that originally appeared elsewhere.
Night-Gaunts and other Stories by Joyce Carol Oates is a collection of six previously published short stories that attempts to reconnoiter the fragile forces that often exist between desir
"A Book of American Martyrs is tragic, wicked, sly, hopeful, and truly and insanely great."
“sharp and in perfect pitch. Overall, Oates exhibits extremely fine authorial control, showing her puppet-master’s strings only when she wants.”
“Carthage shows an author still in command of her vision . . .”
Pity the first-time reader of Joyce Carol Oates.
“. . . compulsive and engaging, . . . crackles with energy and wit . . .”
“Daddy Love pushes us to confront what lurks behind the front door.”
A reader often selects a book because of an affinity for the author, word of mouth, or an interest in the subject—only to meander through the pages to discover that, for whatever reason, it was not
Widow is a collection of 18 short stories, which, if you go by the title and you want to be pedantic, deal with “women who have lost their husbands by death and have not married again.” This litera