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A wildly inventive new collection ofstories by Joyce Carol Oates that chartsthe surprising ways in which the worldwe think we know can unexpectedlyreveal its darker contours
The New York Times has hailed Joyce Carol Oates as "adangerous writer in the best sense of the word, one whotakes risks almost obsessively with energy and relish."Black Dahlia & White Rose, a collection of eleven previouslyuncollected stories, showcases the keen rewards ofOates's relentless brio and invention. In one beautifullyhoned story after another, Oates explores the menace thatlurks at the edges of and intrudes upon even the seeminglysafest of lives—and maps with rare emotional acuity thetransformational cost of such intrusions.
Unafraid to venture into no-man's-lands both real andsurreal, Oates takes readers deep into dangerous territory,from a maximum-security prison—vividly delineatingthe heartbreaking and unexpected atmosphere of such aninstitution—to the inner landscapes of two beautiful andmysteriously doomed young women in 1940s Los Angeles:Elizabeth Short, otherwise known as the Black Dahlia,victim of a long-unsolved and particularly brutal murder,and her roommate Norma Jeane Baker, soon to becomeMarilyn Monroe. Whether exploring the psychologicalcompulsion of the wife of a well-to-do businessman whois ravished by, and elopes with, a lover who is not what heseems or the uneasily duplicitous relationships betweenyoung women and their parents, Black Dahlia & White Roseexplores the compelling intertwining of dread and desire,the psychic pull and trauma of domestic life, and resonatesat every turn with Oates's mordant humor and hertrenchant observation.
The characters are terrific, and the stories interesting.
Had somewhat of a difficult time tying together
the names, places and events.
The writing is excellent.
Is there something between noir and nonsense? This book is on the noir side, of course, and the nonsense is probably all in my head. Far-fetched? Of course. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Many of these short pieces are truly inspired, but the collection feels uneven. While Oates' writing is always strong, some of the stories in this collection are not as stirring or... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kat
Many of the stories seem to be unresolved. Rather on the dark side.Published 2 months ago by Ruth Moyer Gerald
I love Joyce Carol Oates, probably more than my own mother, but this book feels unfinished. There is lots of potential; everything seems to stop short of where it should. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pingo
This is the Joyce carol Oates I love. The first group of the stories are written from the points of view of young women, mainly in terms of their relationships with men and their... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carole A. Reedy
Because I love her novels and novellas so much. But her short stories -- NOT! I would not even call these short stories; they are vignettes, like a painting of words. Read morePublished 3 months ago by marcia riley
Haven't finished book yet, but first start is a real downerPublished 9 months ago by Sylvia R. Brown
Ms. Oates is a prolific and gifted author. I have been reading her for years and she never fails to both suprise and satisfy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. Keibler