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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (262 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia, Coleen Marlo, Tavia Gilbert Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Black Dahlia & White Rose is a brilliant collection of short fiction from National Book Award–winner and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, one of the most acclaimed writers of our time. These stores, at once lyrical and unsettling, shine with the author’s trademark fascination with finding the unpredictable amidst the prosaic—from her imaginative recreation of  friendship between two tragically doomed young women (Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Short), to the tale of an infidelity as deeply human as it is otherworldly. 

Black Dahlia & White Rose is a major offering from one of the most important artists in contemporary American literature; a superb collection that showcases Joyce Carol Oates’ ferocious energy and darkly imaginative storytelling power.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Unsettling, potent, and suspenseful, these well-crafted and haunting stories attest to Oates’ superior imagination and mastery of the craft, and provide a welcome addition to her oeuvre.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “All three engagingly portray the psychological, and sometimes physical, hardships depicted in these domestic dramas of contemporary America. Oates’ stories are not cheery, nor are they completely dark. They dwell in a twilight of unresolvable real life. The narrators convey this mood with somber readings that reflect the book’s intriguing depictions of the not-so-pretty lives we lead.”


  • “[A] masterfully honed collection of dark tales…With precision and force, the ever-mesmerizing Oates rips open the scrim of ordinariness to expose the chaos that undermines every human notion of control, reason, and sanctuary.” 


  • “This latest collection…showcases [Oates’] talent for imbuing mundane events with menace and the kind of irony that springs from narrow brushes with disaster…Oates’ hypnotic prose ensures that readers will be unable to look away.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2012 Bram Stoker Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Danielle | 2/20/2014

    " Gave up half way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/20/2014

    " She is the master. I cannot say any more that hasn't already been said, and why she hasn't won the Nobel yet is beyond me. Simply awe-inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 2/5/2014

    " J.C. Oates is always dark, but always worth reading. Once again, she writes beautifully about Marilyn Monroe's life and imagined thoughts (the White Rose part). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anna | 2/1/2014

    " Easy read of short stories. The books namesake story is the best of the bunch. "

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