High Crime Area

High Crime Area

Tales of Darkness and Dread

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Joyce Carol Oates is an unparalleled investigator of human flaws. In these eight stories, she deftly tests the bonds between damaged individuals -- a brother and sister, a teacher and student, two strangers on a subway -- in the fearless prose for which she's become so celebrated. In the title story High Crime Area, a white, aspiring professor is convinced she is being followed. No need to panic, she has a handgun stowed away in her purse just in case. But when she turns to confront her black, male shadow, the situation isn't what she expects. In The Rescuer, a promising graduate student detours to inner city Trenton, New Jersey to save her brother from a downward spiral. But she soon finds out there may be more to his world than to hers. And in The Last Man of Letters, the world-renowned author X embarks on a final grand tour of Europe. He has money, fame, but not a whole lot of manners. A little thing like etiquette couldn't bring a man like X down, could it? In these biting and beautiful stories, Oates confronts, one by one, the demons within us. Sometimes it's the human who wins, and sometimes it's the demon.
Publisher: New York : The Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780802122650
Characteristics: vii, 247 pages ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Tales of darkness and dread.


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Apr 18, 2014

I couldn't read these stories of ordinary life gone bad. I'd start one and be too scared to finish it.


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