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Sixteen-year-old Katya Spivak is walking with her two summer babysitting charges in Bayhead Harbor, New Jersey, when she’s approached by silver-haired courtly Marcus Kidder—a local resident of some renown. At first his interest in Katya seems innocent, even as Katya’s interest in him seems precociously manipulative. His lovely oceanside home, the children’s books he has written, his classical music, and his lavish presents to her—Mr. Kidder’s life contrasts starkly with Katya’s working-class—and marginally criminal—family background. By almost imperceptible degrees, the relationship between Katya and the gentlemanly Marcus Kidder changes, and posing for him isn’t the romantic endeavor it had seemed. What does this mysterious rich man really want from Katya, who is young enough to be his granddaughter? And what will he risk to get it?
In the tradition of Oates’s classic novella Beasts, A Fair Maiden is an unsettling, ambiguous tale of mounting suspense and gradually unfolding horror.
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This haven lies far from Vineland, the grimy inland hamlet where Katya’s broken and wasted family members are “scattered like sea creatures washed ashore in the wake of a terrible storm.” Marcus Kidder, an elegant, handsome older man, approaches Katya and politely courts her, gradually emphasizin...Sep 15 2009 | Read Full Review of A Fair Maiden
Not since the heyday of Dickens and Balzac can a literary novelist have been as prolific as Joyce Carol Oates.Jan 09 2010 | Read Full Review of A Fair Maiden
Summary: This is a delicious and dark story which illustrates how - and to what degree - opposites attract.Nov 29 2012 | Read Full Review of A Fair Maiden
... Joyce Carol Oates, celebrated American literary figure and author of best-sellers such as Blonde and We Were the Mulvaneys, weaves a dark, ...Feb 20 2010 | Read Full Review of A Fair Maiden
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His beautiful home, the children’s books he’s written, his classical music, the marvelous art in his study, his lavish presents to her Mr. Kidder’s life couldn’t be more different from Katya’s drab working-class existence back home in South Jersey, or more enticing.Jan 11 2010 | Read Full Review of A Fair Maiden
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Book Review. Book title: A Fair Maiden; Author: Joyce Carol Oates ... 3/5 stars. Book review by Richard Strachan. Published 24 February 2010. Katya Spivak is a ...| Read Full Review of A Fair Maiden
Relying on her own unique mix of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Angela Carter and Patricia Highsmith, A Fair Maiden tells in 231 sparsely honed pages how silvery-haired dilettante and creepy-crawly monster Marcus Kidder in his late sixties gets touch-deprived/ under-cherished 16-year-old Katya Spirak to ...Nov 04 2010 | Read Full Review of A Fair Maiden
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