A Novel

eBook - 2012
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&́#x80;œOates is just a fearless writer ... with her brave heart and her impossibly lush and dead-on imaginative powers.&́#x80; &́#x80;” Los Angeles Times &́#x80;œ[An] extraordinarily intense, racking, and resonant novel.&́#x80; &́#x80;” 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&́#x80;™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&́#x80;™s gothic masterwork, Rebecca, and the classic ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, Oates&́#x80;™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&́#x80;”and it stands tall among the author&́#x80;™s most powerful and beloved works, including The Falls, The Gravedigger&́#x80;™s Daughter, and We Were the Mulvaneys.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, HarperCollins,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780062095640
Characteristics: 1 online resource (480 pages)
Alternative Title: Mud woman


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Jul 11, 2017

I was excited in the beginning, stayed alert to spectate M.R.'s inner and outer world, being tousled around many events and personal dramas, and yet, not confused by reality and psychic realm.
But gradually the mystery lost thrilling appeal, horror, still gruesome, no longer haunting. Mudwoman's credibility to become first female president of IV league school became less convincing. The writing also reduced to overdramatizing to entice cheap thrill. Though it's easy to follow the central theme, development of too many characters intertwined in too many stories weaken the impact and loosen the structure.

Jul 25, 2014

Superb writing. I have to read more of her novels.

DIVINE_7 Jul 25, 2013

Very good book,but where's the ending?

Jun 12, 2013

Not the best JCOates I've read but enough depth and layering to be thought provoking.

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