Blonde: A Novel

Ecco - Ecco Press. The legend of marilyn monroe—aka Norma Jeane Baker—comes provocatively alive in this powerful tale of Hollywood myth and heartbreaking reality. Marilyn monroe lives—reborn to tell her untold history; her story of a star created to shine brightest in the Hollywood firmament before her fall to earth.

One of america’s most acclaimed novelists boldly re-imagines one of America’s most enduring icons in Blonde—the National Book Award-nominated bestseller by Joyce Carol Oates. Blonde is a dazzling fictional portrait of the intricate inner life of the idolized and desired movie star as only the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates could paint it.





Them Modern Library

Modern Library - Winner of the national book award, them is an enthralling novel about love, race, class, and the inhumanity of urban life. It is, raves the new York Times, “a superbly accomplished vision. Them is the third novel in the Wonderland Quartet. The books that complete this acclaimed series, and Wonderland, A Garden of Earthly Delights, Expensive People, are also available from the Modern Library.

Oates is a superb storyteller. For sheer readability, them is unsurpassed. The atlanta journal-Constitution  Modern Library. Praised by the nation for her “potent, and the subsequent destinies of her children, a dreamy young mother who is filled with regret by the age of sixteen, life-gripping imagination, ” Joyce Carol Oates traces the aspirations and struggles of Loretta Wendall, Maureen and Jules, who must fight to survive in a world of violence and danger.

Them Modern Library - . If the phrase ‘woman of letters’ existed, Joyce Carol Oates would be, foremost in this country, entitled to it. John updike, the new yorkeras powerful and relevant today as it was on its initial publication, them chronicles the tumultuous lives of a family living on the edge of ruin in the Detroit slums, from the 1930s to the 1967 race riots.





We Were the Mulvaneys Oprah's Book Club

Plume - Moving away from the dark tone of her more recent masterpieces, Joyce Carol Oates turns the tale of a family struggling to cope with its fall from grace into a deeply moving and unforgettable account of the vigor of hope and the power of love to prevail over suffering. It’s the novel closest to my heart.

. I’m deeply moved that oprah winfrey has selected this novel for Oprah’s Book Club, a family novel presented to Oprah’s vast American family. Joyce carol Oates Modern Library. But something happens on valentine’s day, 1976—an incident that is hushed up in the town and never spoken of in the Mulvaney home—that rends the fabric of their family life.

We Were the Mulvaneys Oprah's Book Club - . With tragic consequences. An oprah book club® selectiona New York Times Notable BookThe Mulvaneys are blessed by all that makes life sweet. Years later, the youngest son attempts to piece together the fragments of the Mulvaneys’ former glory, seeking to uncover and understand the secret violation that brought about the family’s tragic downfall.

Profoundly cathartic, in plumbing the darkness of the human spirit, this extraordinary novel unfolds as if Oates, has come upon a source of light at its core.





Black Water

Plume - Modern Library. The pulitzer prize-nominated novel from the author of the new york Times bestselling novel We Were the Mulvaneys “Taut, powerfully imagined and beautifully written, Black Water ranks with the best of Joyce Carol Oates’s already long list of distinguished achievements. In a brilliantly woven narrative, we enter her past and her present, this hero, her mind and her body as she is fatally attracted to this older man, this soon-to-be-lover.

Kelly becomes the very embodiment of the vulnerable, romantic dreams of bright and brave women—drawn to the power that certain men command—at a party that takes on the quality of a surreal nightmare. It can be read in a single afternoon, but, like every good book, it continues to haunt us. The new york timeskelly kelleher is an idealistic, twenty-six-year-old “good girl” when she meets the Senator at a Fourth of July party.

Black Water - . One of the acknowledged masters of american fiction, Joyce Carol Oates has written a bold tour de force that parts the black water to reveal the profoundest depths of human truth.





Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories

Ecco - From the legendary literary master, winner of the National Book Award and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, a collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories that maps the eerie darkness within us all. Insightful, disturbing, deep display joyce carol oates’s magnificent ability to make visceral the terror, imaginative, hurt, the stories in Lovely, Dark, and breathtaking in their lyrical precision, and uncertainty that lurks at the edges of ordinary lives.

In “mastiff, ” a woman and a man are joined in an erotic bond forged out of terror and gratitude. Modern Library. Fearful that that her husband is “disappearing” from their life, a woman becomes obsessed with keeping him in her sight in “The Disappearing. A book of martyrs” reveals how the end of a pregnancy brings with it the end of a relationship.

Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories - Sex with camel” explores how a sixteen-year-old boy realizes the depth of his love for his grandmother—and how vulnerable those feelings make him. Ecco Press. And in the title story, an unsettling young woman, the elderly Robert Frost is visited by an interviewer, who seems to know a good deal more about his life than she should.

A piercing and evocative collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep reveals an artist at the height of her creative power.





A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel

Ecco - Luther dunphy is an ardent evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God’s will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic but self-regarding doctor who is killed, leaves behind a wife and children scarred and embittered by grief. In her moving, joyce carol oates fully inhabits the perspectives of two interwoven families whose destinies are defined by their warring convictions and squarely-but with great empathy-confronts an intractable, insightful portrait, abiding rift in American society.

A book of american martyrs is a stunning, timely depiction of an issue hotly debated on a national stage but which makes itself felt most lastingly in communities torn apart by violence and hatred. Usa today, 4-star review“successful because Oates refuses to satirize or dehumanize anyone, even murderous foes of abortion.

. With its wrath and violence, a book of American Martyrs offers this teaspoon of warmth in these troubled times: that it is possible to be wrong without surrendering your humanity. Los angeles times“the most relevant book of Oates’s half-century-long career, a powerful reminder that fiction can be as timely as this morning’s tweets but infinitely more illuminating.

A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel - Washington posta powerfully resonant and provocative novel from American master and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different and yet intimately linked American families. Oates’ american saga captivates because it exists within an actual drama playing out across the country.





Hazards of Time Travel: A Novel

Ecco - An ingenious, dystopian novel of one young woman’s resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society, from the inventive imagination of Joyce Carol Oates “Time travel” — and its hazards—are made literal in this astonishing new novel in which a recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled future world and is punished by being sent back in time to a region of North America — “Wainscotia, Wisconsin”—that existed eighty years before.

. Arresting and visionary, hazards of time travel  is both a novel of harrowing discovery and an exquisitely wrought love story that may be Joyce Carol Oates’s most unexpected novel so far. Modern Library. Cast adrift in time in this idyllic midwestern town she is set upon a course of “rehabilitation”—but cannot resist falling in love with a fellow exile and questioning the constrains of the Wainscotia world with results that are both devastating and liberating.

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The Falls: A Novel P.S.

Harper Perennial - What follows is a passionate love affair, marriage, and family -- a seemingly perfect existence. It is 1950 and, after a disastrous honeymoon night, Ariah Erskine's young husband throws himself into the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. At her side is confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burnaby, who is unexpectedly drawn to her.

But tragedy soon takes over their lives, poisoning their halcyon years with distrust, greed, and murder. Set against the mythic-historic backdrop of niagara Falls in the mid-twentieth century, this haunting exploration of the American family in crisis is a stunning achievement from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" The Nation.

The Falls: A Novel P.S. - This P. S. Edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, recommended reading, including author interviews, and more. Ecco Press. Ariah, "the widow bride of the falls, " begins a relentless seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. Modern Library.





High Lonesome: New and Selected Stories 1966-2006

Harper Perennial - High lonesome: new and selected stories 1966-2006 gathers short fiction from the acclaimed author's seminal collections and includes eleven new tales that further demonstrate the breathtaking artistry and striking originality of an incomparable talent who "has imbued the American short story with an edgy vitality and raw social surfaces" Chicago Tribune.

. No other writer can match the impressive oeuvre of Joyce Carol Oates. Modern Library. Ecco Press.





My Life as a Rat: A Novel

Ecco - Ecco Press. A painful truth of family life: the most tender emotions can change in an instant. You think your parents love you but is it you they love, a young woman who looks back upon her life in exile from her family following her testimony, my Life as a RatWhich should prevail: loyalty to family or loyalty to the truth? Is telling the truth ever a mistake and is lying for one’s family ever justified?  Can one do the right thing, or the child who is theirs?”  --Joyce Carol Oates, but bitterly regret it?  My Life as a Rat follows Violet Rue Kerrigan, at age twelve, concerning what she knew to be the racist murder of an African-American boy by her older brothers.

In a succession of vividly recalled episodes violet contemplates the circumstances of her life as the initially beloved youngest child of seven Kerrigan children who inadvertently “informs” on her brothers, setting into motion their arrests and convictions and her own long estrangement. Arresting and poignant, my life as a rat traces a life of banishment from a family—banishment from parents, to break the powerful spell of family, siblings, and the Church—that forces Violet to discover her own identity, and to emerge from her long exile as a “rat” into a transformed life.

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A Widow's Story: A Memoir

Ecco - A widow’s story is a literary memoir on a par with The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and Calvin Trillin’s About Alice. Modern Library. A recent recipient of national book critics circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, whose novels Blonde, Little Bird of Heaven, Oates, etc.

Rank among the very finest in contemporary American fiction, offers an achingly personal story of love and loss. Ecco Press. Unlike anything joyce carol oates has written before, her husband of forty-six years, and its wrenching, A Widow’s Story is the universally acclaimed author’s poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of Raymond Smith, surprising aftermath.