Joyce Carol Oates is an
unparalleled investigator of human flaws. In these eight stories, she deftly
tests the bonds between damaged individuals—a brother and sister, a teacher and
student, two strangers on a subway—in the fearless prose for which she’s become
In the title story “High
Crime Area,” a white, aspiring professor is convinced she is being followed. No
need to panic, she has a handgun stowed away in her purse—just in case. But
when she turns to confront her black, male shadow, the situation isn’t what she
expects. In “The Rescuer,” a promising graduate student detours to inner city
Trenton, New Jersey, to save her brother from a downward spiral. But she soon
finds out there may be more to his world than to hers. And in “The Last Man of
Letters,” the world-renowned author X embarks on a final grand tour of Europe.
He has money, fame, but not a whole lot of manners. A little thing like
etiquette couldn’t bring a man like X down, could it?
In these biting and
beautiful stories, Oates confronts, one by one, the demons within us. Sometimes
it’s the human who wins, and sometimes it’s the demon.
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Rescuer” read by Julia Whelan
Last Man of Letters” ready by Ray Chase
Crime Area” read by Julia Whelan