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I really enjoyed this novel. It’s the best of her earlier novels I’ve read so far. I liked the fact it was set within a University. I’ve not read a lot of fiction set within the academic world. JCO’s more recent, brilliant novel, Mudwoman is another example. It made a nice change. I liked the characters. I thought Brigit and Alexis and their sordid little affair was a lot of fun to read. I liked Albert St Dennis. I liked the setting and the characters and the different perspectives. There was a ...more
I loved this novel about a year in the lives of academics at a small private school; affairs, rivalry and jealousy and trying to be original. Several professors had rich fantasies about their relationship with a famous guest poet in residence. Seeing these private vanities and dreams in a story arc next to real life goings on was spectacular. This novel was less dark than Oates' newer ones.
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 ...moreMore about Joyce Carol Oates...