"It's not subtle, but it works. Whenever Oates (Middle Age, p. 970, etc.) composes at this length, she doesn't pad or overwrite. The result is a cunning fusion of Gothic romance and psychological horror story, and one of her best recent books."
Oates's newest novella is a tale of academe similar to (though darker than) such earlier books as The Hungry Ghosts
(1974) and American Appetites
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