Dear Husband,: Stories (Hardcover)

Stories

By Joyce Carol Oates

Ecco, 9780061704314, 336pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2009

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" Oates] has once again held a haunting mirror up to America, revealing who we are."--Boston Globe The inimitable Joyce Carol Oates returns with Dear Husband--a gripping and moving story collection that powerfully re-imagines the meaning of family in America, often through violent means. Oates, a former recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction--as well as the National Book Award, Prix Femina, and numerous other literary honors--dazzles and disturbs with an outstanding compilation the Washington Post calls, "Savage, poetic and ruthless...among the best things she's ever done." Dear Husband is another triumph for the author of The Gravedigger's Daughter, We Were the Mulvaneys, and Blonde.


Praise For Dear Husband,: Stories

“Oates explores incest, death by fitness center, accidental death; it’s not light reading, but twined into these human tragedies are bits and pieces found in all our lives.”
-Philadelphia City Paper

“Oates’s stories have a certain doomed poignancy . . . if there’s a moral here, it’s the anything-can-happen wisdom of what Oates calls ‘brutal and horrific’ fairy tales.”
-New York Times Book Review

“The family ties that bind (and choke) are the overarching theme of Oates’s grim but incisive collection…Oates seamlessly enters the minds of disparate characters to find both the exalted and depraved aspects of real American families.”
-Publishers Weekly (Lead fiction review)

“Although nearly all 14 stories have been published elsewhere, they merit a book of their own. Admirers of Oates’ literary fiction will find this collection a transcendent read. Dear Husband is likely to win Oates new fans as well. Oates’ characters are masterfully rendered.”
-Associated Press

“America simmers in the writings of Joyce Carol Oates, going through the motions of everyday life as best it can, but prone to boiling over at any moment. Oates... has once again held a haunting mirror up to America, revealing who we are.”
-Boston Globe

“Admirers of Oates’ literary fiction will find this collection a transcendent read. “Dear Husband” is likely to win Oates new fans as well. Oates’ characters are masterfully rendered, but she is particularly gifted at creating a certain type: The appallingly egocentric, sometimes to the point of unwitting hostility.”
-Boston Herald

“Savage, poetic and ruthless...[Oates’s] touch has never been surer, her insights never more piercing....several of the [stories], astonishingly, are among the best things she’s ever done...we are witnessing the steady unfolding of one of the towering careers in American letters.”
-Washington Post

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