In "The Man Who Fought Roland LaStarza" a womans world is upended when she learns the brutal truth about a family friends deathand what her father is capable of. Meanwhile, a businessman desperate to find his missing two-year-old grandson in "Suicide Watch" must determine whether the horrifying tale his junky son tells him about the boys whereabouts is a confession or a sick test. In "Valentine, July Heat Wave" a man prepares a gruesome surprise for the wife determined to leave him. And the children of a BTK-style serial killer struggle to decode the patterns behind their fathers seemingly random bad acts, as well as their own, in "Bad Habits."
In these and other stories, Joyce Carol Oates explores with bloodcurdling insight the ties that bindor worse.
"These stories sizzle, and turning pages only fans the flames." - Booklist.
"Powerful narratives, a singular imagination and exquisite prose make this a collection to relish." - PW.
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud
Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring
fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the
Mulvaneys and Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book
Award. 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. In 2003 she received the Common Wealth Award for
Distinguished Service in Literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary
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