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Will Hope Rise from the Dead in Joyce Carol Oates' 'My Life As a Rat?

If happiness usually proves duplicitous, and melancholy a dependable constant, then the journey of an epic Joyce Carol Oates novel is always going to be a trip worth experiencing, as with My Life As a Rat.

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Donald Hall's 'Essays After Eighty' Is an Unsparing Look at Extreme Old Age

To presume to review works of this level is farcical; we can only be overjoyed by their continued existence.

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Vampire Sodomy in Princeton: Joyce Carol Oates' 'The Accursed'

Joyce Carol Oates's most recent sprawling novel concerns blood-sucking sodomites, shape-shifters, and ghosts. You'll also find a colorful cast of real-world characters: Teddy Roosevelt, Jack London, Sam Clemens, and more...

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'Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald' Captivates the Reader in the Best Possible Way

Novels fictionalizing real women are a growing market niche. Z surprises by being good.

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The Paris Review Interviews, Vols. 1-4, Edited by Philip Gourevitch

If you love to read, love to write, or are simply curious about how great authors think and talk about their craft, you’ll find these interviews endlessly fascinating.

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My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates

A strange hybrid of cultural parody and psychological realism, in which Oates’s broadly drawn characters gradually take on realistic emotional complexity.

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The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

The close-knit family psycho-drama that the author intends simply loses its purpose as its scope is blown out of proportion to match the massive scenery of Niagara Falls.

Samuel Carlisle

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