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Sourland by Joyce Carol Oates.. Sixteen stories about the meaning of loss, often violent in origin, stand to remind us what a hauntingly strange experience life can be in extremity. Oates evokes more in a paragraph than most writers in a lifetime.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Certainly this paradigm—the woman floundering about in a world of male force—returns to haunt nearly every story in the book, producing an intensity that we haven’t felt in the American art story—and I’m serious about this although it might seem extravagant to say—since the work of Poe....Making sense of life in a cataclysmic inner and outer landscape has been Joyce Carol Oates’ obsession for five decades. This evocative new collection shows just how much sense she can make of it now.."

Chicago Tribune

"Oates grows more insightful, virtuosic, and audacious in her confrontations with fear, pain, and death. Her latest stories of sexual mayhem, family crisis, and shattered identity are barely contained beasts of narration, snorting, pawing, and pulling against the confines of the page....This is a trenchant book of “cruel fairy tales” in which people are severely tested, profoundly punished, and tragically transformed.."


Author bio: Joyce Carol Oates has often expressed an intense nostalgia for the time and place of her childhood, and her working-class upbringing is lovingly recalled in much of her fiction. Success came early: while attending Syracuse University on scholarship, she won the coveted Mademoiselle fiction contest. After graduating as valedictorian, she earned an M.A. in English at the University of Wisconsin. Between 1968 and 1978, Oates taught at the University of Windsor in Canada, just across the Detroit river. During this immensely productive decade, she published new books at the rate of two or three per year, all the while maintaining a full-time academic career. In 1978, Oates moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where she continues to teach in Princeton University's creative writing program; she and her husband also operated a small press and published a literary magazine, The Ontario Review. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; 384 pp. Pageturner: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions

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