Search Results: "Joyce Carol Oates"


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BLACK WATER by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 1992

"One may question whether yet another fictional account, no matter how brief and evocative, of this infamous accident is really worthwhile—though dates fans (and there are many) won't be disappointed."
Oates's latest is an impassioned re-creation of the tragedy at Chappaquiddick—with names withheld and the date moved to the current, post-Reagan era. Read full book review >

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UPON THE SWEEPING FLOOD AND OTHER STORIES by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1966

"An on-going talent— idling."
A second (By the North Gate- 1963) collection of short stories by the talented young "Southern" writer is, in a way, a disappointment, attenuating and accentuating as it does one of the main failings of the genre which at this point has become The Method. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1978

"Mostly it's toneless, jerry-built, and obvious poetry without much flavor one way or another."
The depressed, droning naturalism that will sometimes give her prose fiction a stubborn power does almost nothing for Oates' poetry. Read full book review >

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THE ASSIGNATION by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1988

"Vintage Oates—always interesting, though not always pleasant."
Short, sharp shots (many of them aimed at sensuality and love) from the master of moody foreboding. Read full book review >

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UNHOLY LOVES by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1979

"A mixed bag of Oates, then—insightful and sharp when it's content to view the academics with a satiric curl of the lip, but characteristically morbid-shallow when trying to reach into their very souls."
Oates has done time in academia, and the best part of this erratic novel—set among literary faculty at an upstate N.Y. college—are her descriptions, verging on dark farce, of professorial vanities, rivalries, insecurities, and petty tactics: much of the book involves a handful of faculty parties, and Oates efficiently captures the spilled drinks, bored wives, snide put-downs, labored jokes, oblique namecallings, faux pas, and hurt egos that characterize such sloshy gatherings. Read full book review >

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MY HEART LAID BARE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"That the result is also irresistibly comic is so much frosting on a sumptuous cake and one of the most inviting products of Oates's incomparably rich imagination."
Oates's 28th novel, another installment in the "Gothic Quintet" that includes such energetic faux romances as Bellefleur (1980) and Mysteries of Winterthurn (1984), is one of her most inventive and entertaining yet. Read full book review >

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MISSING MOM by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"After last year's triumph The Falls, Oates gives us this? Get this woman an editor."
Oates's latest, which examines the aftershocks of a suburban murder, is an uneasy cross between her literary fiction and her pseudonymous "Rosamond Smith" mystery thrillers. Read full book review >

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I AM NO ONE YOU KNOW by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2004

"Vintage Oates—and very much an acquired taste."
More of the same, from the most frustratingly uneven writer in the business. Read full book review >

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CARTHAGE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Knotted, tense, digressive and brilliant."
Dark events in Carthage, a town in upstate New York—a war hero returning from Iraq, a broken engagement, a mysterious murder—but not everything is as it seems. Read full book review >

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THE CORN MAIDEN AND OTHER NIGHTMARES by Joyce Carol Oates
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"While the shadows of Poe and Hitchcock loom over these tales, it's clear that Oates herself is a master at creeping out her readers."
Seven nightmarish tales written over a 15-year period. Read full book review >

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LOVELY, DARK, DEEP by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"As unsympathetic as many of Oates' mordant and quasi-anonymous characters may appear at first, en masse their fears and anxieties in the face of death and decline epitomize universal recognition of hard facts: We're all in this together, and nobody gets out alive."
What lurks in the woods is creepy and scary, but Oates ventures in deep and reports back in this collection of stories dealing with themes of mortality. Read full book review >

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THE LOST LANDSCAPE by Joyce Carol Oates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Though her past seems to her fragmentary and elusive, what she remembers—or imagines—is warmly, gently told."
Glimpses of the iconic writer's youth. Read full book review >