Bookmarks Magazine's Reviews > Black Girl/White Girl
by Joyce Carol Oates
In 2006 Joyce Carol Oates released two novels (Missing Mom and Black Girl/White Girl), a new collection of short stories (High Lonesome), and another novel under her pseudonym Lauren Kelly (Blood Mask). What negativity exists in reviews of her latest work is tied to accusations that Oates sells a promising novel short by not allowing herself time to develop it properly. That doesn't stop Stanley Crouch from delivering an ecstatic review. Nor does the complaint stand up against the balance of critics who come down overwhelmingly on the National Book Award winner's side in proclaiming Black Girl/White Girl a brave, nuanced look at American culture
This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.