The Accursed: A Novel

Paperback | November 26, 2013

byJoyce Carol Oates

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Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the twentieth century: a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at its edges, corrupting and infecting its residents. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent and a powerful curse besets the families of the elite–their daughters begin disappearing. And in the Pine Barrens that border the town, a lush and terrifying underworld opens up.

When a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince, who might just be the devil, abducts a young bride on the verge of the altar, her brother sets out against all odds to find her. His path will cross those of Princeton's most formidable people, including Grover Cleveland, fresh out of his second term in the White House, soon-to-be commander in chief Woodrow Wilson, a complex individual obsessed to the point of madness with his need to retain power, the young idealist Upton Sinclair and his charismatic comrade Jack London, and the most famous writer of the era, Mark Twain–all of whom are plagued by "accursed" visions.

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Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the twentieth century: a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at its edges, corrupting and infecting its residents. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent and a powerful curse besets the families of the elite–their daughters begin disappearing. And in...

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:704 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.41 inPublished:November 26, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062234358

ISBN - 13:9780062234353

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great This is a long book, which wouldn't be a problem had it been interesting. Unfortunately, it is a long, boring, and convoluted novel that jumps all over the place while still never getting anywhere. It seems as though Oates threw in a bunch of horror elements without any concern about how they would mesh together. There was an interesting scene with Sherlock Holmes, but the rest was a waste of my time.
Date published: 2016-12-06

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“In this new novel Oates has achieved a nearly flawless combination of postmodernism, gothic horror, “traditional” narrative, politically engaged literature, historical novel, and popular bestseller—a heady and enjoyable mix.”