Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates
A Novel

63%

6 Critic Reviews

As an author and by all accounts a model academic, Oates, like M.R., works and works but can’t quite get full respect. You hear her name and wait for the inevitable “joke” about the rapid pace at which her books appear.
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Synopsis

“Oates is just a fearless writer…with her brave heart and her impossibly lush and dead-on imaginative powers.”
Los Angeles Times
 
“[An] extraordinarily intense, racking, and resonant novel.”
Booklist (starred review)

One of the most acclaimed writers in the world today, the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates follows up her searing, New York Times bestselling memoir, A Widow’s Story, with an extraordinary new work of fiction. Mudwoman is a riveting psychological thriller, taut with dark suspense, that explores the high price of repression in the life of a respected university president teetering on the precipice of a nervous breakdown. Like Daphne DuMaurier’s gothic masterwork, Rebecca, and the classic ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, Oates’s Mudwoman is a chilling page-turner that hinges on the power of the imagination and the blurry lines between the real and the invented—and it stands tall among the author’s most powerful and beloved works, including The Falls, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, and We Were the Mulvaneys.

 

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 20, 2012 by Ecco. 731 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Mudwoman
All: 6 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 3

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Maria Russo on Mar 30 2012

As an author and by all accounts a model academic, Oates, like M.R., works and works but can’t quite get full respect. You hear her name and wait for the inevitable “joke” about the rapid pace at which her books appear.

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Ami Sands Brodoff on May 16 2012

Is one’s original self the true core, while re-creation is simply a carapace...Mudwoman, the compelling new novel by the extraordinarily prolific Joyce Carol Oates, explores these questions of identity.

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USA Today

Below average
Reviewed by Deirdre Donahue on Apr 03 2012

Unfortunately, Oates lards her narrative with so much excess verbiage — usually about politics and astronomy — that Meredith's story gets lost.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Amanda Holmes Duffy

Mudwoman is a dark, intelligent and deeply compelling novel, Joyce Carol Oates at her best, which will hold you in its thrall until the end.

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Scotsman.com

Excellent
Mar 13 2012

It is both huge and small at the same time, close and expansive, personal and epic.

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Long Walk with Books

Below average
Reviewed by Ray Garraty on Mar 03 2012

This book is better than many others, but it is not ideal.

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