The Female of the Species: Book summary and reviews of The Female of the Species by Joyce Carol Oates

The Female of the Species

Tales of Mystery and Suspense

By Joyce Carol Oates

The Female of the Species
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2006,
    288 pages.

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With wicked insight, Joyce Carol Oates demonstrates why the females of the species - be they six-year-old girls, seemingly devoted wives, or aging mothers - are by nature more deadly than the males.

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'As evidenced in this collection of nine stories, Oates's imagination is still fertile, feverish and macabre.' - PW.
'Oates' prose is luminous, but some readers might find her femmes a bit too fatale.' - Booklist.
'Those who can weather the Oates tics (the overused parentheses; the words that repeat, repeat, repeat; all those candles and flames) will savor this clever mind stooping to middlebrow level.' - Kirkus.

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Joyce Carol Oates Author Biography

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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 Achievement.

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A Widow's Story (2011)


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With Shuddering Fall (1964)
Wonderland (1971)
Do with Me What You Will (1973)
Miracle Play (1974)
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