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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.
It is Section IV, however, that contains what is arguably the book's best story.
I borrowed my e-copy from the library, and I plan to order a hard copy because like any excellent writing, these pieces must be read over and over.
Some of the stories were ok, but at least half were so weird, I just wanted to skip past them.
"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 2 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 2 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 3 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
As always, JCO keeps you intrigued. Can't say I loved this story, but only because you know how it ends from the title. Read morePublished 5 months ago by avid eye
I bought this book for my daughter,and she told me that she found the story line good,and that it is a good book to just curl up with,on a cold afternoon,in front of a fire. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rosalie K. Doss
Joyce Carol Oates has been said to be one of our greatest living authors and I have never considered her otherwise. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jo Asterman
interesting stories. not the best i've ever read not the worst. decent. interesting. readable. some stories better than others. Worth reading.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I gave this a five star rating, since I think that each of the chapters had an unique plot to captured the readers attention. In a way that you would not want to put the book down.Published 7 months ago by Jessica Ballmer