A Fair Maiden (Compact Disc)

By Joyce Carol Oates, Angela Goethals (Read by)

Blackstone Audiobooks, 9781609981662

Publication Date: April 12, 2011

January 2010 Indie Next List

“When 16-year-old Katya Spivak meets famous artist Marcus Kidder, he seems as if he is everything she could ask for. You'll love Katya as she makes bold decisions in a bleak lifestyle.”
— Josh Robers, Back To Books, Hudson, WI
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Sixteen-year-old Katya Spivak is out for a walk on the gracious streets of Bayhead Harbor with her two summer babysitting charges when she's approached by silver-haired, elegant Marcus Kidder. At first, his interest in her seems harmless, even pleasant; like his name, a sort of gentle joke. His beautiful home, the children's books that he's written, his classical music, the marvelous art in his study, his lavish presents to her: Mr. Kidder's life couldn't be more different from Katya's drab working-class existence back home in South Jersey, or more enticing. But by degrees, almost imperceptibly, something changes, and posing for Mr. Kidder's new painting isn't the light-hearted endeavor it once was. What does he really want from her? And how far will he go to get it?

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and a winner of the National Book Award. Among her major works are "We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, " and "The Falls." She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.