A celebrated but reclusive author, generally regarded as a somewhat idiosyncratic bachelor, young but in failing health, Joshua Seigl reluctantly admits to himself that he can no longer live alone. Although it goes against his instincts to do so, he must hire an assistant to help him with his increasingly complicated professional and personal affairs. Considering at first only male applicants, he is dissatisfied with everyone he meets.
Then one day at the bookstore he encounters Alma. A young woman with synthetic-looking blond hair and pale, tattooed skin, she stirs something inside Seigl -- pity? desire? responsibility? Though he's uncertain why, he decides she is the one -- she will be his assistant. Unaware of her torturous past -- the abuses she's suffered, the wrongs she's committed, and the hatred that seethes within her -- he has no idea that he is bringing into his home an enemy: an anti-Semite who despises him virulently and unquestioningly. Seigl allows Alma more and more deeply into his life, mindless of the danger she presents. Yet their closeness forces Seigl and Alma to make discoveries that cut to the core of their identities.
With her unique, masterful balance of dark suspense and surprising tenderness, Joyce Carol Oates probes the tragedy of ethnic hatred and challenges accepted limits of desire.
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys; Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the New York Times bestseller The Accursed. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.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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