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Night-Gaunts And Other Tales Of Suspense - Joyce Carol Oates

Night-Gaunts And Other Tales Of Suspense

Paperback Published: 7th March 2019
ISBN: 9781788543705
Number Of Pages: 352

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This taut collection stands at the crossroads of sex, violence, and longing – and asks us to interrogate the intersection of these impulses within ourselves. Six feverishly unsettling works.

A woman, naked except for her high-heeled shoes, is seated in front of the window in an apartment she cannot afford, as her married lover rushes, amorously, murderously, to her door. An ageing, jealous wife crafts an unusual game of Russian roulette involving a pair of Wedgwood teacups, a strong Bengal brew, and a lethal concoction of medicine. Who will drink from the wrong cup, the wife or the dance student she believes to be her husband's latest conquest? A former Sunday School teacher's corpse turns up and the blighted adolescent she had by turns petted and ridiculed confesses to her murder – but is he really responsible?

In a fantastic ode to H.P. Lovecraft, a young outsider is haunted by apparitions at the very edge of the spectrum of visibility after the death of his tortured father. Revelling in the uncanny, this taut collection stands at the crossroads of sex, violence, and longing – challenging us to interrogate the intersection of these impulses within ourselves.

Industry Reviews

'The prolific Oates works her magic on a small canvas in this taut collection of short stories about ageing, jealous wives, lonely mistresses and a game of Russian roulette with poisoned teacups' - Daily Telegraph.

'Both haunting and sublime' - Literary Review.

ISBN: 9781788543705
ISBN-10: 178854370X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 7th March 2019
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.25

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Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates is an American author with over 70 books and the winner of a host of prizes including the National Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over 40 novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Oates is Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University.

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