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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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A wildly inventive new collection ofstories by Joyce Carol Oates that chartsthe surprising ways in which the worldwe think we know can unexpectedlyreveal its darker contours

The New York Times has hailed Joyce Carol Oates as "adangerous writer in the best sense of the word, one whotakes risks almost obsessively with energy and relish."Black Dahlia & White Rose, a collection of eleven previouslyuncollected stories, showcases the keen rewards ofOates's relentless brio and invention. In one beautifullyhoned story after another, Oates explores the menace thatlurks at the edges of and intrudes upon even the seeminglysafest of lives—and maps with rare emotional acuity thetransformational cost of such intrusions.

Unafraid to venture into no-man's-lands both real andsurreal, Oates takes readers deep into dangerous territory,from a maximum-security prison—vividly delineatingthe heartbreaking and unexpected atmosphere of such aninstitution—to the inner landscapes of two beautiful andmysteriously doomed young women in 1940s Los Angeles:Elizabeth Short, otherwise known as the Black Dahlia,victim of a long-unsolved and particularly brutal murder,and her roommate Norma Jeane Baker, soon to becomeMarilyn Monroe. Whether exploring the psychologicalcompulsion of the wife of a well-to-do businessman whois ravished by, and elopes with, a lover who is not what heseems or the uneasily duplicitous relationships betweenyoung women and their parents, Black Dahlia & White Roseexplores the compelling intertwining of dread and desire,the psychic pull and trauma of domestic life, and resonatesat every turn with Oates's mordant humor and hertrenchant observation.

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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “[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.” 

    Booklist 

  • “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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