Tenderness by Joyce Carol Oates

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The poems gathered here range from sardonic musings on the American obsession with money to a chilling dramatic monologue by a convicted sex offender. Oates is at the height of her powers here.

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 September 1, 1996 by Ontario Review Pr. 91 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Many of the best pieces recall the adolescent girl of the 1950s, mixing concrete memories--a family car ride (""Flirtation, July 1953""), the edgy teen-aged boy in ""Sexy,"" the boy with his car, crayons--with less specific reflections on a sleepwalking child or impressions of the funeral of an i...

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