Sunday, June 07, 2009

Classic Oates

A Fair Maiden
By Joyce Carol Oates
Pub date: January 6, 2010
Read? :-) :-)

Sixteen-year-old Katya Spivek, from working-class Vineland in southern New Jersey, is spending the summer at the beach, employed as a nanny in upscale Bayhead. One day she is approached by Marcus Kidder, elderly scion of a prominent local family. Wary Katya is slowly drawn in by Mr. Kidder, who invites her to his opulent home first for tea, then to model for his painting. Mystery, romance and horror mix as the novel moves inexorably toward answering the question: where will this lead? Spell-binding; classic Oates.

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