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Raven's Wing

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In this her boldest, most intense collection yet, Oates probes the violence and passion that lie just behind conventional lives. Setting many of her stories in the New Jersey area where she lives, Joyce Carol Oates "does not waste a word".--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published September 29th 1986 by Dutton Books
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Emily Crow
I think Oates is at her best with short fiction; in full-length novels, she is--sometimes--a bit heavy-handed and rambling. (All those exclamation marks! And those carefully constructed asides. Interesting--excellent, even--in small doses, but tedious after a while.) In part, my preference for her short fiction is also due to her subject matter, which almost uniformly centers on the darker aspects of the modern American experience: violence, rape, exploitation, alienation, substance abuse, etc.

Not her best, but it is some of her earlier work. You can see her beginning to delve into some dark stuff...some of these stories were intense! She likes to leave you hanging/guessing/questioning too...
Some of Joyce Carol Oates earlier stories, these show the prediliction to delve into the darker side of humanity with tales of cheating spouses, abandoned children and violence. Not a light read but if you enjoy her work (as I do) these are great.
Even given the book was published in 1986, I felt like these characters were not real, though meant to be, living in a two-dimensional world. I didn't believe in them. The whole experience for me was flat.
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Pseudonyms ... Rosamond Smith and Laure ...more
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