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<p><b>A collection of twenty-two disturbing tales of crime and suspense from literary icon Joyce Carol Oates, author of <i>Blonde</i> and 'America's preeminent fiction writer' (<i>New Yorker</i>).</b></p><p>Two hitmen in a depressed rust belt town struggle with a job gone wrong. A girl witnesses a horrifying accident and carries it with her for the rest of her life. Medical students bring a severed foot to a college party. Five-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Joyce Carol Oates has made a career of exploring the forbidden corners of human experience, and the stories collected here, spanning her first three decades as a writer, are among her most unsettling and unforgettable works to date.</p><p>Originally published in long out-of-print volumes, these tales have not appeared in any form this century – until now. They show a writer boldly engaging with disturbing truths and terrifying possibilities, and deconstructing the tropes and expectations of traditional prose writing as she does so. But beyond their stylistic ingenuity, these are creepy, suspenseful stories that cut straight to the bone; their darkness will linger long after the final page is turned.</p><p>A must-read for long-time fans of Joyce Carol Oates and an excellent introduction for the uninitiated.</p><p><b>Reviews for Joyce Carol Oates:</b></p><p>'Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday.' <b><i>Sunday Express</i></b> <br />'Both haunting and sublime.' <b><i>Literary Review</i></b> <br />'Splendidly chilling.' <b><i>Financial Times</i></b> <br />'Visceral, psychologically involving, and socially astute.' <b><i>Booklist</i></b></p>

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9781804540817
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Apollo
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Fiction
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528
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<p>A collection of crime and suspense tales by National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates.</p>

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'Themed around crime and suspense, it veers towards the gothic'

Vogue

<b>PRAISE FOR JOYCE CAROL OATES</b>: <br />
'A writer of extraordinary strengths' <i>Guardian</i>. <br />
'Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday' <i>Sunday Express</i>. <br />
'A sense of helplessness is the essence of horror, and Oates conveys that feeling as well as any writer around' <i>New York Times</i>. <br />
'Oates is simply the most consistently inventive, brilliant, curious and creative writer going, as far as I'm concerned'

Gillian Flynn

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Extenuating Circumstances
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Extenuating Circumstances
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Extenuating Circumstances
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9781804540817
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Extenuating Circumstances
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<p>New collection of out-of-print stories from award-winning and critically acclaimed author.</p>

<p>Joyce Carol Oates is a literary giant of our time. She has twice been nominated for the Nobel Prize, and is the winner of the National Book Award.</p>

<p>MARKET: Alice Munro; Flannery O'Connor.</p>

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