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Oates, Joyce Carol

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ISBN 10: 0525939725 / ISBN 13: 9780525939726
Published by Dutton, New York, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A 326 page collection of twenty-two short stories. SIGNED by the author on the title page. First edition, first printing. New and unread. Dust jacket is enclosed in a clear mylar cover. Book will be carefully packed and shipped in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 11254

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Title: WILL YOU ALWAYS LOVE ME? And Other Stories (...

Publisher: Dutton, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Surveying a cross-section of the American scene, a collection of twenty-four short stories takes readers from inner cities to isolated backwaters with such titles as "The Goose Girl" and "Good To Know You." 30,000 first printing.

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The 22 intensely imagined, haunting stories in Oates's (American Appetites ) 19th anthology of reprinted short fiction mine her familiar territory?gothic, supernatural atmospheres, doppelgangers, icily estranged couples locked in mortal psychological combat. Oates's genius is to open with the seemingly mundane, then gradually escalate to a pitch of horrific revelation. Outstanding is "American Abroad," in which an art historian is honored in a foreign city by a host whom terrorists have targeted, while she herself is bizarrely, psychologically targeted by the host's daughter. Some stories successfully cover entire lives: in "The Passion of Rydcie Mather," schoolbus driver Rydcie (for Eurydice, who visited Hades) ragingly defies the God who "forced" her into heroic action to save a drowning girl; her revenge is appropriately apocalyptic. "The Mark of Satan" features an innocently voluptuous door-to-door evangelist and her small daughter preaching like toy dolls to a gritty ex-con who drugs them and plots their rape before accidentally causing his own bloody mutilation. Bodily disintegration is a menace to Oates characters, who variously endure tumors, palsies, strokes, a brain fissure, child abuse. Her baroque imagination, her ability to convey the depths of violence and evil lying just below a thin veneer of civilization, gives her stories a chilling dimension.
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