I Lock My Door upon Myself

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When Calla Freilicht--a beautiful, enigmatic woman living in 1890 Shaheen, New York--embarks on a relationship with black itinerant water diviner Tyrell Thompson, the consequences are tragic

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Award-winning author, Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 and grew up in upstate New York.While a scholarship student at Syracuse University, she won the coveted Mademoiselle fiction contest. She graduated as valedictorian, then earned an M.A. at the University of Wisconsin. In 1968, she began teaching at the University of Windsor. In 1978, she moved to New Jersey to teach creative writing at Princeton University, where she is now the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities.

A prolific writer, Joyce Carol Oates has produced some of the most controversial, and lasting, fiction of our time. Her novel, them, set in racially volatile 1960s Detroit, won the 1970 National Book Award. Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart focused on an interracial teenage romance. Black Water, a narrative based on the Kennedy-Chappaquiddick scandal, garnered a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and her national bestseller Blonde, an epic work on American icon Marilyn Monroe, became a National Book Award Finalist. Although Joyce Carol Oates has called herself, "a serious writer, as distinct from entertainers or propagandists," her novels have enthralled a wide audience, and We Were the Mulvaneys earned the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list.

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In turn-of-the-century rural America, willful and elusive Calla, muzzled by an enforced marriage, church, and kin she no longer cares about, chooses a life of inertia and indifference until the arrival of roving black water dowser Tyrell Thompson. She finally sheds the self she has imposed, and her long-subsumed physical and spiritual selves emerge. Oates deftly brings alive character and landscape in prose that reads more like a georgic than like fiction. Color and language as spoken are used as metaphors of liberation. "If this is a dream it is not my dream for how should I know what the language in which to dream it," says new, liberated Calla. This novella shares the same title as a Fernand Khnopff painting and is the first in a series of fictions inspired by art to come from this publisher. Essential to the Oates canon.
- Bibi S. Thompson, "Library Journal"
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