Lovely, dark, deep : stories / Joyce Carol Oates.
By: Oates, Joyce Carol.Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015Description: 420 p. ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9780062356956 : (pbk.).Subject(s): Authors, American -- Collections | Short stories, American | Mystery fiction
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Sex with camel -- Mastiff -- Distance -- A book of martyrs -- "Stephanos is dead" -- The hunter -- The disappearing -- Things passed on the way to oblivion -- Forked river roadside shrine, South Jersey -- The jesters -- Betrayal -- Lovely, dark, deep -- Patricide.
Insightful, disturbing, imaginative, and breathtaking in their lyrical precision, the stories in Lovely, Dark, Deep display Joyce Carol Oates<U+2019>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<U+2014>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.