Beautiful Days

Beautiful Days

Stories

Book - 2018
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"A new collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories by American master Joyce Carol Oates, including the 2017 Pushcart Prize-winning "Undocumented Alien." In the diverse stories of Beautiful Days, Joyce Carol Oates explores the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance. "Fleuve Bleu" exemplifies the rich sensuousness of Oates's prose as lovers married to other persons vow to establish, in their intimacy, a ruthlessly honest, truth-telling authenticity missing elsewhere in their complicated lives, with unexpected results. In "Big Burnt," set on lushly rendered Lake George, in the Adirondacks, a cunningly manipulative university professor exploits a too-trusting woman in a way she could never have anticipated. "The Nice Girl" depicts a young woman who has been, through her life, infuriatingly "nice," until she is forced to come to terms with the raw desperation of her deepest self. In a more experimental but no less intimate mode, "Les beaux jours" examines the ambiguities of an intensely erotic, exploitative relationship between a "master" artist and his adoring young female model. And the tragic "Undocumented Alien" depicts a young African student enrolled in an American university who is suddenly stripped of his student visa and forced to undergo a terrifying test of courage. In these stories, as elsewhere in her fiction, Joyce Carol Oates exhibits her fascination with the social, psychological, and moral boundaries that govern our behavior--until the hour when they do not"--
"A new collection of stories by American master Joyce Carol Oates, mysterious and surreal, and perfectly pitched for the confusion of the current political landscape"--
Publisher: New York :, Ecco,, 2018.
ISBN: 9780062795786
0062795783
Branch Call Number: SS OATE
Characteristics: 334 pages ; 24 cm

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mynovelesquelife
Jun 18, 2019

RATING: 3 STARS
2018; Ecco/HarperCollins
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Joyce Carol Oates is much like Munro in that she can pack a lot into a short story. Most of her stories in this collection are interesting - I think I did not read one story in it's entirety. It took me a while to finish the book, as I did not feel the tug to go back to it. It was good for the nights I knew I would pass out after a few pages.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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joveraa
Jul 10, 2018

This is a collection of fiction short stories that are at once scarily realistic with a dose of science fiction, dystopian, and warped elements that add strange layers and reflect our modern society. If you enjoy Margaret Atwood, you will like this collection - the stories were enthralling and made me think. I highly recommend this book.

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