From the legendary literary master, winner of the National
Book Award and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, comes
a collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories that maps the eerie darkness within us
Insightful, disturbing, imaginative, and breathtaking in
their lyrical precision, the stories in Lovely, Dark, Deep display Joyce
Carol Oates’ magnificent ability to make visceral the terror, hurt, and
uncertainty that lurk at the edges of ordinary lives.
In “Mastiff,” a woman and a man are joined in an erotic bond
forged out of terror and gratitude. “Sex with Camel” explores how a
sixteen-year-old boy realizes the depth of his love for his grandmother—and how
vulnerable those feelings make him. Fearful that her husband is
“disappearing” from their life, a woman becomes obsessed with keeping him in
her sight in “The Disappearing.” “A Book of Martyrs” reveals how the end of a
pregnancy brings with it the end of a relationship. And in the title story, the
elderly Robert Frost is visited by an interviewer, an unsettling young woman,
who seems to know a good deal more about his life than she should.
A piercing and evocative collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep
reveals an artist at the height of her creative power. Download and start listening now!