High Crime Area

High Crime Area

Tales of Darkness and Dread

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Baker & Taylor
A collection of eight original stories tests the bonds between damaged people, showing how full--and how devoid--of humanity individuals can be.

Perseus Publishing
Joyce Carol Oates is an unparalleled investigator of human flaws. In these eight stories, she deftly tests the bonds between damaged individualsa brother and sister, a teacher and student, two strangers on a subwayin the fearless prose for which she’s become so celebrated.

In the title story 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 pursejust in case. But when she turns to confront her black, male shadow, the situation isn’t what she expects. In 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 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.

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This brilliant, yet disturbing, collection of eight original stories from the unrivaled investigator of human flaws tests the bonds between damaged individuals, showing just how full - and how devoid - of humanity we can be. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York :, The Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., , [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780802122650
Characteristics: vii, 247 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Oates, Joyce Carol 1938-


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Apr 18, 2014

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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