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Black Dahlia & White Rose

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Black Dahlia & White Rose

Black Dahlia & White Rose

Audio Library Digital

09/11/2012

527 minutes

9781611209624

Playaway

09/11/2012

527 minutes

9781611209631

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With an unflinching eye, Oates charts the surprising ways in which the world we think we know can unexpectedly reveal its darker contours. From the title story, which maps the friendship between two beautiful and mysteriously doomed young women in 1940s Los Angeles - Elizabeth Short, known as the 'Black Dahlia,' victim of a long-unsolved and particularly brutal murder, and her roommate Norma Jeane Baker, soon to become Marilyn Monroe, to the tale of the wife of a well-to-do businessman who is ravished by, and elopes with, a lover who is a hyena - Black Dahlia & White Rose explores the commingling of sexual love and violence, the tumult of family life, and resonates with Oates' predilection for dark humor and her gift for voice.

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In yet another collection of raw, spooky and captivating stories, Oates demonstrates again that she is one of our nation's greatest writers., Star Tribune

Unsettling, potent, and suspenseful, these well-crafted and haunting stories attest to Oates' superior imagination and mastery of the craft, and provide a welcome addition to her oeuvre., Publishers Weekly

In [Joyce Carol Oates'] fresh, direct, energetic and often shocking prose, she bestows life wherever she turns, excavating in what first appears to be ordinary ground and discovering that to live means to be in trouble., NPR

...showcases [Joyce Carol Oates'] talent for imbuing mundane events with menace and the kind of irony that springs from narrow brushes with disaster...hypnotic prose ensures that readers will be unable to look away., Kirkus

Oates's stories are not cheery, nor are they completely dark. They dwell in a twilight of unresolvable real life. The narrators convey this mood with somber readings that reflect the book's intriguing depictions of the not-so-pretty lives we lead., AudioFile Magazine

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