Faithless: Tales of Transgression

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Fourth Estate, 2003 - Short stories - 386 pages
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In this collection of 21 stories, the mysterious private lives of individuals are explored with vivid, unsparing precision and sympathy. By turn interlocutor and interpreter, magician and realist, Joyce Carol Oates dissects the psyches of ordinary people and their potential for good and evil. In Faithless two adult sisters recall their mother's disappearance when they were children; in Ugly Girl a bitterly angry young woman defines herself as ugly as a way of making herself invunerable to hurt, and in so doing hurts others; and in Lover a beautiful woman locked into an obsessive love affair seeks her revenge in a bizarre, violent manner.

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Hero of the Prix Goncourt-winning The Abyssinian, Jean-Baptiste Poncet has even more adventures this time around. He rescues a friend in the Urals, endures slavery in Afghanistan, and then rushes back to Isfahan to save his wife when the city is besieged. Read full review

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Joyce Carol Oates is a novelist, critic, playwright, poet and author of short stories and one of America's most highly respected literary figures. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. Her most recent novel, 'The Gravedigger's Daughter', was published in 2007.

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