Man Crazy by Joyce Carol Oates

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Having gone into hiding with her mother when she was only eight, Ingrid becomes a vulnerable teen, desperate for a father and ripe for the abuses of a cult leader, until she escapes and struggles to heal and grow into a healthy and happy young woman. 40,000 first printing. Tour."
 

About Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 in Upstate, New York. She attended Syracuse University and graduated as Valedictorian. She then attended University of Wisconsin where she earned an M. A. By the time she was 47 years old, she had published at least that many separate books, including 16 full-length novels and more than a dozen collections of short stories. Some of her works were done under the pseudonym Rosamund Smith. She has also written numerous poems collected in several volumes, at least three plays, many critical essays, and articles and reviews on various subjects while fulfilling her obligations as a professor of English at the University of Windsor, where with her husband Raymond Smith she edited the Ontario Review, which the couple has continued since moving to Princeton in 1978. She has earned a reputation as indubitably one of our most prolific writers and very likely one of our best. Her fiction alone demonstrates considerable variety, ranging from direct naturalism to complex experiments in form. However, what chiefly makes her work her own is a quality of psychological realism, an uncanny ability to bring to the surface an underlying sense of foreboding or a threat of violence that seems to lurk just around the corner from the everyday domestic lives she depicts so realistically. Her first six novels, including Them (1969), which won the National Book Award, express these qualities in varying ways. she is also the recipient of an NEA grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Lifetime Achievement Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature. She resides in New Jersey.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by G K Hall & Co. 305 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Oates's 27th novel, following fast on the heels of last year's highly praised We Were the Mulvaneys, revisits the depressed upstate New York environs of her earliest (and perhaps most typical) fiction.

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Narrator Ingrid Boone tells the story of her desperate, unbalanced young life in one long, breathless monologue, behind which the alert reader may hear echoes of such popular classics of mental illnes

Sep 01 1997 | Read Full Review of Man Crazy

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The bizarre twists and turns of Ingrid's life take on a hallucinatory intensity, but the one constant of the gripping story--the emotional deprivation that has scarred Ingrid for life--comes through with a fierce, burning clarity.

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MAN CRAZY is a draining novel --- worth the time if you're a big fan of Joyce Carol Oates, but not a good introduction to the full range of her true talent.

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Entertainment Weekly

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