Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories

Paperback | May 12, 2015

byJoyce Carol Oates

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From the legendary literary master, winner of the National Book Award and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, a collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories that maps the eerie darkness within us all.

Insightful, disturbing, imaginative, and breathtaking in their lyrical precision, the stories in Lovely, Dark, Deep display Joyce Carol Oates’s magnificent ability to make visceral the terror, hurt, and uncertainty that lurks at the edges of ordinary lives.

In “Mastiff,” a woman and a man are joined in an erotic bond forged out of terror and gratitude. “Sex with Camel” explores how a sixteen-year-old boy realizes the depth of his love for his grandmother—and how vulnerable those feelings make him. Fearful that that her husband is “disappearing” from their life, a woman becomes obsessed with keeping him in her sight in “The Disappearing.” “A Book of Martyrs” reveals how the end of a pregnancy brings with it the end of a relationship. And in the title story, the elderly Robert Frost is visited by an interviewer, an unsettling young woman, who seems to know a good deal more about his life than she should.

A piercing and evocative collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep reveals an artist at the height of her creative power.

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From the legendary literary master, winner of the National Book Award and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, a collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories that maps the eerie darkness within us all.Insightful, disturbing, imaginative, and breathtaking in their lyrical precision, the stories in Lovely, Dark, Deep displa...

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A collection of thirteen spellbinding stories from the legendary literary master Joyce Carol Oates, National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author, that maps the eerie darkness within us allInsightful, disturbing, imaginative, and mesmerizing in their lyrical precision, the stories in Lovely, Dark, Deep display Joyce ...

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006235695X

ISBN - 13:9780062356956

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“The unity of Oates’ stories in this collection resides in their confrontation with aging and death, with the various ways life winds down and ends, and with the darker side of our human nature.”