On June 16th, 1938…

…author Joyce Carol Oates was born.  She is one of those rare creatures who is amazingly prolific AND consistently critically acclaimed.  In 1969, her novel them won the Nation Book Award, and since then, three of her books have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

We currently have two of her books on our New Fiction shelf (which, for any author other than James Patterson, is a rarity!).  The most recent is A Fair Maiden.

The publisher’s description is: 

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 does he really want from her? And how far will he go to get it?

In the tradition of Oates’s classic story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” A Fair Maiden is an unsettling, ambiguous tale of desire and control.

As always, if you would like to place a hold, please call the library at 985-2173 or visit our website.

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