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Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates.. The time has come just to relax and read. With Mud Season on its way to the Northeast, we may as well wallow. JCO to the rescue with this timely gothick.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"As an author and by all accounts a model academic, Oates, like M.R., works and works but can’t quite get full respect. You hear her name and wait for the inevitable “joke” about the rapid pace at which her books appear. But neither can she ever quite write a cultural landmark, a transcendent book that would elevate her to that place where the jokes don’t stick. Noir and crime fans adore her, yet her work in those genres isn’t approached with the reverence reserved for, say, Patricia Highsmith. Even on the level of pop culture, Oates’s lack of influence is striking, given her ubiquity: for decades she outlined a sensibility now ascendant in juggernauts like the “Twilight” series and “The Hunger Games,” yet her fingerprints aren’t discernible on either of them."

The New York Times

"Extraordinarily intense, racking, and resonant... Masterfully enmeshing nightmare with reality, Oates has created a resolute, incisive, and galvanizing drama about our deep connection to place, the persistence of the past, and the battles of a resilient soul under siege… A major, controversy-ready novel from high-profile, protean Oates."


Author bio: Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 70 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays, essays, and criticism, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde. Among her many honors are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Book Award. Oates 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. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Thriller; (428 pp. Gothick-mit-Schlag: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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