A Fair Maiden: A Novel
A teenager’s involvement with an older man is not what it appears in a tale of seduction by the New York Times bestselling author of We Were the Mulvaneys.
Sixteen-year-old Katya Spivak is out for a walk on the gracious streets of Bayhead Harbor with her two summer babysitting charges when she’s approached by silver-haired, elegant Marcus Kidder. At first his interest in her seems harmless, even pleasant; like his name, a sort of gentle joke. His beautiful home, the children’s books he’s written, his classical music, the marvelous art in his study, his lavish presents to her—Mr. Kidder’s life couldn’t be more different from Katya’s drab working-class existence back home in South Jersey, or more enticing. But by degrees, almost imperceptibly, something changes, and posing for Mr. Kidder’s new painting isn’t the lighthearted endeavor it once was.
What he wants from Katya is something she can’t comprehend. What Katya wants from him is something else again. As their relationship deepens, and twists, the question is who’s seducing whom? And to what end?
From a National Book Award winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author, A Fair Maiden is “fresh, current and gripping . . . the insight shrewd and the violence vivid . . . [an] intense and thought-provoking work of fiction”(New Statesman).
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... the Place Setting, Pandora's Gift Box, Prim Rose Lane Lingerie & Nightwear —
when, as she paused to gaze into the Prim Rose Lane window, there came an
unexpected voice in her ear: “And what would you choose, if you had your wish?
Now they were passing the large, lavish display window of Hilbreth Home
Furnishings, and Mr. Kidder touched Katya's wrist lightly. “And in this window,
Katya, what would you choose, for your dream home?” Dream home. Another
And the stately ten-foot privet hedges that shielded the houses here from the
street and the curious stares of sightseers hoping to gaze at the homes of the
wealthy as you might gaze into the dazzling shop windows of Ocean Avenue.
Through the window screen she saw how, when Mr. Kidder ceased playing the
piano, he leaned forward to scribble something on a stiff sheet of paper. She
thought, He is a composer, too. He composes music, and the realization seemed
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - adpaton - LibraryThing
It’s no wonder Joyce Carol Oates have never won any major award – she’s just too brilliantly readable. A Fair Maiden is subtitled A Novel of Dark Suspense and although it’s not really dark or that ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nancyewhite - LibraryThing
Thank god for JCO. She writes about what lurks around the edges; the shadows that dart away as soon as you turn your head to look. In this one, a young woman with a difficult home life gets a summer ... Read full review