Dear Husband by Joyce Carol Oates
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“[Oates] has once again held a haunting mirror up to America, revealing who we are.”

Boston Globe

 

The inimitable Joyce Carol Oates returns with Dear Husband—a gripping and moving story collection that powerfully re-imagines the meaning of family in America, often through violent means. Oates, a former recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction—as well as the National Book Award, Prix Femina, and numerous other literary honors—dazzles and disturbs with an outstanding compilation the Washington Post calls, “Savage, poetic and ruthless...among the best things she’s ever done.” Dear Husband is another triumph for the author of The Gravedigger’s Daughter, We Were the Mulvaneys, and Blonde.

 

About Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
 
Published March 25, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 338 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The latest of Oates' numerous collections offers 14 tales variously concerned with family relationships and crises.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Dear Husband: Stories

The New York Times

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These noirish stories imply that American family life is no protection against the horrors lurking a block, a click, a phone call away.

Apr 05 2009 | Read Full Review of Dear Husband: Stories

Publishers Weekly

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The family ties that bind (and choke) are the overarching theme of Oates's grim but incisive collection. The title story takes the form of a rambling letter from an Andrea Yates–like mot

Oct 13 2008 | Read Full Review of Dear Husband: Stories

Book Reporter

It is truly thrilling for a short story lover to be aware of.

Dec 29 2010 | Read Full Review of Dear Husband: Stories

St. Louis Today

But his impact lives on in St. Louis.

May 17 2009 | Read Full Review of Dear Husband: Stories

The New Zealand Herald

My favourite was the second story, Special, which looks at a mother's ability to choose between saving one child at the expense of another - and her husband.

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The New York Review of Books

Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates.

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