A masterpiece!!! I am a fan of Joyce Carol Oates, but so far, this trumps what I've read of her books. I was locked in the world of this book not being able to put it down, even when it became quite dark. I think that Ms. Oates does darkness very well and though I kept forgetting that this was fiction, it's quite a tribute to Marilyn Monroe or should I say her true creator: Norma Jeane Baker. Since reading this book, I've read a few biographies on Marilyn Monroe and this book trumps those as well. The mind of Joyce Carol Oates is quite intrinsic and I was thoroughly impressed with this writing and as hard and as painful as it could be, I will read it again.