Joyce Carol Oates
Books by Joyce Carol Oates
Contemporary American Short Fiction
- Paperback, 759 pages
NPR stories about Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates' new Carthage explores the familiar but important territory of family anguish. Oates has written more than 40 novels — critic Alan Cheuse praises her prodigious imagination, and says her latest effort is a "roller coaster, demon-twister" of a ride.
In softcover fiction, Joyce Carol Oates wreaks karmic horror on turn-of-the-century Princeton, and Sebastian Faulks braids five lives in the search for what makes a self. In softcover nonfiction, Elton John tells the story of his crusade for better AIDS treatment, and Bernard Lewis maps the Middle East with a life's worth of anecdotes.
In Joyce Carol Oates' latest novel, apparitions haunt the streets of sleepy 1905 Princeton, N.J. Oates says she wanted to explore the hypocrisy of wealthy white America in that era with her portrayal of a town where the denial of social and racial injustice produces monsters.
Set at the turn of the century within the grand houses of Princeton, The Accursed is populated with specters, demons and even a vampire. But the real monsters in Joyce Carol Oates' chilling tale are the members of Princeton's elite, who preach from the pulpits and judge without compassion.
Flamboyant and confident, Marilyn Monroe oozed sex appeal. But in Joyce Carol Oates' Blonde, we see a woman overshadowed by her onscreen persona. Author Manuel Munoz says the novel gives a glimpse into the star's interior life. Have a favorite book about a celebrity? Tell us in the comments.
The prolific author lost her husband of 47 years after a sudden onset of pneumonia; in her new memoir, Oates shares her acute frustration with mourning rituals — and the solace to be found in coming to know her late husband in a new way, through reading his unpublished writing.
A new book tries to describe the inner terrain of agnostics who crave spiritual lives but don't necessarily find them in religion. It just might offer comfort for those who wander during the holiday season.
As a boy, Michael Krasny believed God was watching him. Then, in his teen years, he discovered science — and skepticism. In Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest, the public radio host writes that he has longed for a God he could believe in, but simply hasn't found one.
Being a Spokane Indian, I only pick up Indian hitchhikers. I learned this particular ceremony from my father, a Coeur d'Alene, who always stopped for those twentieth-century aboriginal nomads who refused to believe the salmon were gone. I don't know what they believed in exactly, but they wore hope like a bright shirt.
Three renowned women writers have books of fiction out this spring, and each one asks the reader to take a leap of imagination. The resulting novels, says reviewer Alan Cheuse, are a thrill and a privilege to read.
Joyce Carol Oates returns with The Falls, a haunting tale of tragedy and redemption. Set in Niagara, the waterfalls exert a deathly pull on two generations of a family. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with the author.