A gripping and moving new collection of stories by Joyce Carol Oates, which reimagines the meaning of familyby unexpected, often startling means
With the unflinching candor and sympathy for which Joyce Carol Oates is celebrated, these fourteen stories examine the intimate lives of contemporary American families: the tangled ties between generations, the desperationand the covert, radiant happinessof loving more than one is loved in return. In "Cutty Sark" and "Landfill," the bond between adolescent son and mother reverberates with the force of an unspoken passion, bringing unexpected consequences for the son. In "A Princeton Idyll," a woman is forced to realize, decades later, her childhood role in the destruction of a famous, beloved grandfather's life. In "Magda Maria," a man tries to break free of the enthralling and dangerous erotic obsession of his life. In the gripping title story, Oates boldly reimagines the true-crime story of Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who drowned her children in 2001. Several stories"Suicide by Fitness Center," "The Glazers," and "Dear Joyce Carol,"take a less tragic turn, exploring with mordant humor the shadowy interstices between self-awareness and delusion.
Dramatic, intensely rendered, and always provocative, Dear Husband, provides an unsettling and fascinating look into the mysterious heart of America.
"Starred Review. Throughout the collection, Oates seamlessly enters the minds of disparate characters to find both the exalted and depraved aspects of real American families." - Publishers Weekly.
"Oates, author of more than 30 previous story collections, presents another good choice for libraries." - Library Journal.
"The onrushing prose and stabbing emotional intensity that are Oates' greatest strengths imbue the volume with compulsive readability. One of this indefatigable author's best books in some time." - Kirkus Reviews.
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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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