Joyce Carol Oates

Night, Neon and Other Stories of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates review – nuanced, not neat, thrillers

Joyce Carol Oates’s multitudinous collections are repeatedly subtitled “tales of suspense” or “stories of mystery”. You tend to know what you’re getting with an Oatesian short – a disquieting snapshot of American life on the verge of individual or ideological collapse – and these nine additions to her oeuvre don’t disappoint.
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2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize Finalists

The Trees, Percival Everett (Graywolf) Matrix, Lauren Groff (Riverhead) Hell of a Book, Jason Mott (Dutton) “Prize winners receive a $50,000 award to encourage and support their current and future work. The winner of the 2022 Prize also will be in residence at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Bay Area in October 2022.” The winner is expected to be named in April 2022. For more information, including the complete list of finalists, see the New Literary Project website.

2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize Longlist

The Turnout, Megan Abbott (Putnam) , Matt Bell (Custom House) How to Wrestle a Girl, Venita Blackburn (MCD) Sleepwalk, Dan Chaon (Henry Holt) The Swank Hotel, Lucy Corin (Graywolf) Embassy Wife, Katie Crouch (FSG) The Trees, Percival Everett (Graywolf) Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch, Rivka Galchen (FSG) Matrix,...
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Joyce Carol Oates captures the wobbly reality of widowhood in 'Breathe'

BREATHE by Joyce Carol Oates, Ecco, 384 pages, $28.99. Joyce Carol Oates dedicated her new novel, Breathe, to her second husband, Charles Gross, who died in 2019. The overlaps between the novel and reality are impossible to miss. Like Oates, the lead character of Breathe, Michaela, is a successful writer and teacher. And she’s mourning the death of her husband, Gerard, who, like Gross, was a neuroscientist. Michaela’s anguish is intense from the start, as she observes Gerard on his deathbed: “Pleading in desperation,” she writes. “In childish hope, unreason. Begging your husband Breathe! Don’t stop breathing!”

Greenwich Pen Women & Perrot Library Book Discussion Continues with Joyce Carol Oates “Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars.”

Greenwich Pen Women and Perrot Memorial Library continue their cosponsored book discussion series on Monday, September 20, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, via Zoom with a discussion on Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars., by one of America’s most important contemporary writers, Joyce Carol Oates. The discussion will be facilitated by...

‘Blonde’ Author Joyce Carol Oates Reveals More About Andrew Dominik’s Upcoming Marilyn Monroe Adaptation

While audiences’ won’t be seeing Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe biopic till 2022, author Joyce Carol Oates, whose novel “Blonde” is the basis for the film, apparently has. Oates took to Twitter on Sunday to praise director Dominik as well as star Ana de Armas. Oates called the film “an exquisite portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Ana de Armas & director Andrew Dominic; one without the other could perhaps not have worked this magic. the tone of the film is hard to classify, not surreal but not totally realistic, not “horror” but suffused with the dread of horror.” Rumors have swirled on social...
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Book review: Love and loss in 'Breathe' by Joyce Carol Oates

"Breathe" by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco) Joyce Carol Oates' novel is a story of love, loss and loneliness that opens with a wife urging, willing, begging her dying husband to breathe. "Nothing matters except: he must not die," the novel begins. "He must breathe. He must not stop breathing." Written...