An engrossing early novel from Joyce Carol Oates’s earlier novels explores a fraught and perilous relationship between two women
Originally published in 1985, Solstice is the gripping story of Monica Jensen and Sheila Trask, two young women who are complete opposites yet find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. Monica is a shy, modest, and recently divorced school teacher while Sheila is a worldly, sophisticated, and nocturnal painter driven by the needs of her art. Over the months, their friendship deepens, first to love and then to a near-fatal obsession.
Engaging, dark, and mysterious, Solstice is Joyce Carol Oates’s psychological masterpiece of friendship and fixation.
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SOLSTICE: A NovelUser Review - Kirkus
In her early fiction, Oates often displayed a sharp talent for the texture and rhythm of psychological obsession—but this study of the feverish friendship between two women is unconvincing, thin and ... Read full review
Review: SolsticeUser Review - Marycake - Goodreads
I finished Joyce Carol Oates' Solstice last night. A dear friend mailed it to me last month, with a note saying that it “gave me weird dreams, and I hope you like it.” In true JCO fashion, it was an ... Read full review
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