Joyce Carol Oates is one of the world’s most respected living novelists. Her new novel brings us a tale of dark passions, prejudice, and the strange forms that love can take.
A celebrated but reclusive author, young but in failing health, Joshua Seigl reluctantly realizes that he can no longer live alone. One day he encounters a young woman with synthetic-looking blond hair and pale, tattooed skin in a bookshop. She stirs something unidentifiable within him – pity? desire? responsibility? He decides that Alma will be his assistant.
An uneasy relationship begins, one which lurches between repulsion and attraction, between hate and love. Seigl is unaware that Alma has been shaped by abuse and misfortune. His kindness is baffling to her; his bookishness completely alien. She secretly harbours anti-Semitic thoughts; he quietly nurses his desire. With terrifying inevitability, their stories wind towards a shocking climax as both Alma and Seigl find themselves struggling to understand what their lives are worth.
With her unique, masterful balance of dark suspense and surprising tenderness, Joyce Carol Oates conveys how easily and treacherously prejudice can snake its way into human relationships.
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'The storytelling is extraordinary…A completely gripping tale told in an almost manically propulsive style.' Guardian
'When you start a Joyce Carol Oates novel, you know you're in good hands. Her writing is original and effortless and she never disappoints. The Tattooed Girl is no exception.' Sunday Express
'A fine writer at the top of her form.' Sunday Telegraph
'Polished and taut'
'The Tattooed Girl is as startlingly sharp as it is tender…the pain of the inarticulate is given a voice so piercingly real it prickles the blood.'
Joyce Carol Oates is a writer of wide appeal for all readers, described as ‘One of the Nation’s finest writers’, she has been a recipient of the National Book Award, PEN/Malamud Award for short fiction and was an Oprah Book Club Selection with WE WERE THE MULVANEYS. Her recent novels include MIDDLE AGE and I’LL TAKE YOU THERE. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the Roger S Berlind Distinguished Professor at Princeton University.
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Book Description 2004-09-06., 2004. Book Condition: New. HarperPerennial. New Ed. Paperback. Book: VERY GOOD. 336pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1136741
Book Description HarperPerennial, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007170785