High Crime Area

Tales of Darkness and Dread
Oates, Joyce Carol (Book - 2014)
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High Crime Area
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Joyce Carol Oates is an unparalleled investigator of human flaws. In these eight stories, she deftly tests the bonds between damaged individuals#151;a brother and sister, a teacher and student, two strangers on a subway#151;in the fearless prose for which she's become so celebrated. In the title story #147;High Crime Area," a white, aspiring professor is convinced she is being followed. No need to panic, she has a handgun stowed away in her purse#151;just in case. But when she turns to confront her black, male shadow, the situation isn't what she expects. In #147;The Rescuer," a promising graduate student detours to inner city Trenton, New Jersey to save her brother from a downward spiral. But she soon finds out there may be more to his world than to hers. And in #147;The Last Man of Letters," the world-renowned author X embarks on a final grand tour of Europe. He has money, fame, but not a whole lot of manners. A little thing like etiquette couldn't bring a man like X down, could it? In these biting and beautiful stories, Oates confronts, one by one, the demons within us. Sometimes it's the human who wins, and sometimes it's the demon.
Authors: Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
Uniform Title: Short stories. Selections
Title: High crime area
tales of darkness and dread
Publisher: New York :, The Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc.,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: vii, 247 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: The home at Craigmillnar
The rescuer
The last man of letters
High crime area.
Local Note: 6 7 9 15 16 17 18 29 35 53 54 60 62 69 70 73 78 97 102 109 112 118 133 143 148 149 150 151 152 156 167 172 173 182 198 203 210 211 216 224 226 228 231 243 244 272 274 276 278
Additional Contributors: Oates, Joyce Carol 1938-
ISBN: 0802122655
Statement of Responsibility: Joyce Carol Oates
Subject Headings: Short stories, American 21st century.
Genre/Form: Short stories.
Topical Term: Short stories, American
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Apr 18, 2014
  • athena14 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I couldn't read these stories of ordinary life gone bad. I'd start one and be too scared to finish it.


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