18.4.10

Joyce Carol Oates: 'A Widow's Memoir'

A new collection from the novelist and critic
Joyce Carol Oates

American novelist and critic Joyce Carol Oates to publish a memoir, following the death of her husband in 2008:
Joyce Carol Oates has published more than 50 novels, more than 30 short-story collections and an endless stream of essays and reviews—and that's not counting her novellas, plays and children's books. Now, at 71 and newly remarried, she is tackling a subject she has seldom explored in her work: herself.

Ms. Oates recently finished writing a more-than-400-page memoir detailing the aftermath of her husband Raymond Smith's death in February 2008. She describes the book, "A Widow's Memoir," as practical and darkly funny (Ms. Oates says she plans to include a "widow's handbook" with advice on fundamentals such as how to pick out a grave plot). [Read the article]

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