Man Crazy (Paperback)

A Novel

By Joyce Carol Oates

Plume, 9780452277243, 288pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 1998

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Fresh from the triumph of the bestselling We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates continues her exploration of family love and the possibilities of human redemption.

At five, Ingrid Boone loves her father with all the innocence and blind trust of childhood—until he abandons her and her beautiful young mother in the wake of a violent crime. Desperate to recapture his lost love and hungry for any kind of mercy at a man’s hand, Ingrid allows boys and men to abuse her as she searches for affection in the alcohol, drugs, and sex they offer.

When she is targeted as prey by a charismatic leader of a violent cult, Ingrid falls to her blackest moment of despair—yet it is here that she finds unexpected salvation and the will to reclaim her life and heart from the men who have taken it.

About the Author

In addition to many prize-winning and bestselling novels, including We Were the Mulvaneys, Black Water, Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart, and Broke Heart Blues, Joyce Carol Oates is the author of a number of works of gothic fiction including Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque, a World Fantasy Award nominee; and Zombie, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel, awarded by the Horror Writers' Association. In 1994, Oates received the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in Horror Fiction. She is the editor of American Gothic Tales. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Praise For Man Crazy: A Novel

Praise for Man Crazy

“Hypnotic and powerful. Man Crazy will take you on a dark and wild ride.”—Washington Post

“Unlike anything Joyce Carol Oates has written before.”—Atlanta Journal

“Flawlessly written and haunting....Man Crazy demonstrates a distinctly American faith in the tenacious human spirit.”—Chicago Tribune