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American Melancholy: Poems

Oates’s high profile as a novelist should not discourage avid poetry readers from seeking out this volume, which aptly demonstrates the writer’s gifts in the genre and includes several poems of the highest quality.

Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars

A poetic meditation on psychological trauma and a complex and nuanced portrait of a grieving family.

Hazards of Time Travel

Readers of dystopian fiction will enjoy wrapping their minds around this story. [See Prepub Alert, 5/14/18.]

Beautiful Days: Stories

Perceptive, unmissable work. [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.]

A Book of American Martyrs

Best-selling, award-winning author Oates (We Were the Mulvaneys) hardly needs introduction, and her satisfying, multilayered offering will surely be in demand. Book groups would do well to add this to their springtime fare for lively discussion material. In the light of recent American political events, questions put forward by Oates's latest should be addressed, even if clear answers may be hard to find. [See Prepub Alert, 8/15/16.]

Soul at the White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life

Oates's appreciation of books and reading while reflecting on the merit of contemporary authors is inspiring. [See Prepub Alert, 3/28/16.]

The Man Without a Shadow

Oates's narrative style ingeniously reflects the subject matter. The prose is clinical, keeping us at a somewhat emotional distance, as befits a scientific study. Similarly, the virtual erasing of Eli's short-term memory on a constant basis means a lot of repetition. Nevertheless, the reader is drawn in as Margot weaves her way into Eli's subconscious, and the impossible love story is ultimately heartbreaking. Highly recommended.

Jack of Spades

Read with the proper edge and disbelief in turn by Joe Barrett, this audiobook is recommended for horror and mystery fans. ["This tale of suspense makes for another high-caliber Oatesian outing, displaying flair, noir sophistication, and King-like flourishes": LJ 4/1/15 starred review of the Mysterious: Grove Atlantic hc.]

The Lost Landscape: A Writer's Coming of Age

Readers of Oates's best-selling memoir, A Widow's Story, will appreciate this new account, as will fans of her earlier fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 3/16/15.]

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