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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.
Haven't finished book yet, but first start is a real downerPublished 2 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 3 months ago by C. Keibler
I love the book. It's a an excellent collection of short stories written with a profound knowledge of human psyche at most crucial moments of life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ed Bodfish
No one tells a tale like Joyce Carol Oates. These short stories are superb!Published 8 months ago by Jean M. Mount
"Black Dalhia, White Rose" is a one-note and monotone collection of short stories. All of the stories are “dark” and sensational, featuring murders, mental illness, kids... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nemo
Black Dahlia is the title of the book and the first short piece in this collection. It is based upon a true and gory-but fascinating-story that can't help but intrigue. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tammy J Osborn
it was a novel of reading with solitude to appreciate the storyline and characters. One to pass on to a friend.Published 11 months ago by Bonnie Ann
Though I finished the book, I remember very little of it: probably because nothing was memorable!
The short stories seemed incomplete, maybe the intention of the author. Read more