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Dutton, 1985 - Fiction - 243 pages
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Originally published in 1985, "Solstice" is the gripping story of Monica Jensen and Sheila Trask, two young women who are complete opposites yet irresistibly attracted to each other. Throughout the months, their friendship deepens, first to love and then to a near-fatal obsession.

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User Review  - Emily Crow - Goodreads

The first book I ever read by Joyce Carol Oates, a couple of decades ago when it was still recent. I found the story gripping, and the friendship between the two women realistic (though problematic). Have re-read and enjoyed it once since then...perhaps my favorite by JCO to this day. Read full review

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User Review  - Waqas Naeem - Goodreads

This is the first book I have read by Joyce Carol Oates. I think I might have read a short story from Oates before but never a novel. I have mixed feelings about this book. I think the characters and ... Read full review



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Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 in Upstate, New York. She attended Syracuse University and graduated as Valedictorian. She then attended University of Wisconsin where she earned an M. A. By the time she was 47 years old, she had published at least that many separate books, including 16 full-length novels and more than a dozen collections of short stories. Some of her works were done under the pseudonym Rosamund Smith. She has also written numerous poems collected in several volumes, at least three plays, many critical essays, and articles and reviews on various subjects while fulfilling her obligations as a professor of English at the University of Windsor, where with her husband Raymond Smith she edited the Ontario Review, which the couple has continued since moving to Princeton in 1978. She has earned a reputation as indubitably one of our most prolific writers and very likely one of our best. Her fiction alone demonstrates considerable variety, ranging from direct naturalism to complex experiments in form. However, what chiefly makes her work her own is a quality of psychological realism, an uncanny ability to bring to the surface an underlying sense of foreboding or a threat of violence that seems to lurk just around the corner from the everyday domestic lives she depicts so realistically. Her first six novels, including Them (1969), which won the National Book Award, express these qualities in varying ways. she is also the recipient of an NEA grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Lifetime Achievement Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature. Her title Give Me Your Heart made the New York Times Best seller list for 2011.