Joyce Carol Oates is one of the world's most respected living novelists. Her new novel brings us a tale of dark passions, prejudice, and the strange forms that love can take. A celebrated but reclusive author, young but in failing health, Joshua Seigl reluctantly realizes that he can no longer live alone. One day he encounters a young woman with synthetic-looking blond hair and pale, tattooed skin in a bookshop. She stirs something unidentifiable within him - pity? desire? responsibility? He decides that Alma will be his assistant. An uneasy relationship begins, one which lurches between repulsion and attraction, between hate and love. Seigl is unaware that Alma has been shaped by abuse and misfortune. His kindness is baffling to her; his bookishness completely alien. She secretly harbours anti-Semitic thoughts; he quietly nurses his desire. With terrifying inevitability, their stories wind towards a shocking climax as both Alma and Seigl find themselves struggling to understand what their lives are worth. With her unique, masterful balance of dark suspense and surprising tenderness, Joyce Carol Oates conveys how easily and treacherously prejudice can snake its way into human relationships.
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Joyce Carol Oates is a writer of wide appeal for all readers, described as 'One of the Nation's finest writers', she has been a recipient of the National Book Award, PEN/Malamud Award for short fiction and was an Oprah Book Club Selection with WE WERE THE MULVANEYS. Her recent novels include MIDDLE AGE and I'LL TAKE YOU THERE. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the Roger S Berlind Distinguished Professor at Princeton University.From AudioFile:
Oates's novel about an intellectual and his barely literate assistant provides a narrator with a huge built-in advantage: The central characters couldn't be more different. Joshua Seigl is an acclaimed 38-year-old writer in upstate New York who suffers from a mysterious degenerative illness. He hires Alma as his new assistant, projecting on her an idealized nobility that couldn't be further from the truth. The book shows people so locked into their own points of view that they are blind to the essence of others. Kate Fleming certainly delineates the two characters--who couldn't? Her Alma is affecting, barely verbal but never without a hint of menace. But Fleming ages Seigl far beyond his age in the book, causing listeners to continually do mental calibrations. M.O. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description 2004-09-06., 2004. Book Condition: New. HarperPerennial. New Ed. Paperback. Book: VERY GOOD. 336pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1136741
Book Description HarperPerennial, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007170785
Book Description HarperPerennial, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007170785