A precocious eleven-year-old, in thrall to the mysterious black sheep of the family, climbs into his sky-blue Chevy to be driven to an uncertain, and unforgettable, fate. As a university transfer student becomes increasingly obsessed with the murder of a female classmate, her own sense of self begins to deteriorate. A recent widow grieves inside the confines of her lakefront home and fantasizes about transforming into a great flying predator – unerring and pitiless in the hunt. A trusting group of bird-watchers is borne to a remote part of the globe, and to a harrowing fate.
These meticulously crafted, deeply disquieting stories confront the dangers that surround us, and the dangers that dwell within.
About the Author
Joyce Carol Oates is the author of over 70 works and the winner of a host of prizes including the National Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Oates is Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University.
'These lured me in one by one. All were people focused, with a very strong sense of time and place and so very visual ... Groups should enjoy mulling over the way Oates so subtly drops ideas and moralities into her seemingly simple tales' Nudge Book. 'Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday' Daily Express. 'As usual with Oates, it is horribly readable, but driven by something disturbingly like genuine misanthropy' Sunday Times.
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st June 2017
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.3 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.24