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12.3.13

Joyce Carol Oates, The Accursed

Oates discusses her interest in Twitter, and her new book
Joyce Carol Oates
From Mary Ann Gwinn Seattle Times:
Longtime readers of Joyce Carol Oates won’t be deceived by the portrait of an elegant lace-swathed lady on the cover of her new novel, “The Accursed” (Harper, 669 pp., $27.99). The book is no drawing-room diversion. This acclaimed author is quite adept at scaring your pants off and making you think hard at the same time.

The prolific Oates, a professor at Princeton University, has set her latest novel at Princeton in the early years of the 20th century. “The Accursed” tells the story of a curse on the upper-class Slade family, whose patriarch, a respected preacher, is hiding a dark secret. It’s safe to say that everybody connected to Winslow Slade pays dearly. Along the way, the reader meets Woodrow Wilson, Grover Cleveland, Upton Sinclair, Mark Twain, Jack London and a host of other historical characters, though they may not be precisely who they seem. [Read More]

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