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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: Angela Goethal Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 that 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 light-hearted endeavor it once was. What does he really want from her? And how far will he go to get it? Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “What keeps us coming back to Oates Country is…her uncanny gift of making the page a window, with something on the other side that we’d swear was life itself.”

    New York Times

  • “For forty years, Joyce Carol Oates has maintained a creative dialogue with the roiling cauldron of contemporary American culture, writing unflinchingly about the oddities that bubble up into the headlines.”

    Washington Post

  • “Fans of Oates’ gothic stylings will not be disappointed…the prose [has] plenty of punch.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane | 2/17/2014

    " Joyce Carol Oates is a talented writer and I really enjoy her style of writing. In this book, Katya, 16 year old nanny and Marcus Kidder, a rich elderly gentleman, become acquainted one day in the seaside town of Bayhead Harbor. Their relationship slowly and strangely evolves from that meeting and where it ends is definitely unexpected. I read this book in one day as I couldn't put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jenna | 2/10/2014

    " Wow. Did I read the same book as everyone else? Sorry, but I really did not care for this book! The storyline was severely far-fetched, unbelievable, and just plain wacky. Many of the major plot twists were disturbing and unreal, yet it felt like JCO expected readers to just accept the strangeness without question. The characters felt cliche, each of them seeming to belong in different worlds, not connected to one another. Hmm...I was dissapointed but will give JCO another try :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Georgina Bruce | 2/8/2014

    " Very bleak, very disturbing, extremely intimate and shocking book. The ending was a bit overdone, I thought, I wasn't convinced that Mr Kidder's ultimate purpose was... well, that. I thought in a way that let him off the hook a bit, made him more sympathetic than he had a right to be. Of course, the masterful thing about this book is the way that the characters are so complex, so real, and our real intentions are often ambiguous. I felt for Katya, and felt that her experiences were very real and relateable for most women. This is a really powerful book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dana | 1/29/2014

    " Icky, creepy. The characters did not come across as plausible. "

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