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Ecco Press
Publish Date
March 20, 2012
6.41 X 1.46 X 9.36 inches | 1.42 pounds
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About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is A Book of American Martyrs. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.


"[A] powerful novel...[Oates] deftly interweaves M.R.'s present, memories of her troubled childhood, and her feverish hallucinations...This hypnotic novel suggests that forgetting the past may be the heavy cost that success demands."--The New Yorker
"Uniquely personal... an intriguing departure from token Oates tales."--Huffington Post
"Madness and malevolence squirm on almost every page in Joyce Carol Oates' 38th novel... Oates' dark brilliance is ever evident in her main characters, complex souls with mysterious corners in their psyches..."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This chilling novel opens with a child left to die in a silty riverbed, a memory that no amount of later life success can erase."--O, the Oprah Magazine
"[A] disturbing, psychological thriller."--New York Post
"Oates [displays] the insights into human bonds that make her brilliant....Oates makes [her character's] torment come alive. We grasp her compulsion to return to the mud of the past in order find her true self."--USA Today
"There's a freshness to this novel, a sense of some new, more personal beginning. It's bold... to paint achievement... as just the flip side of victimization--and it's perhaps even bolder to make such visceral drama from the story of a workaholic who finally confronts life unhooked from a keyboard."--New York Times Book Review
"Oates is an extremely visceral writer...Mudwoman is a genuinely unsettling book in which Oates pays her readers the compliment of never letting them settle or even being entirely sure about what they have just read."--Financial Times
"Joyce Carol Oates' latest novel is about many things, but first and foremost it is about the complications of being a high-achieving woman in the 21st century...Oates tells [her protagonist's story] with a detail and relish that's both heartbreaking and fascinating."--Ms. magazine
"[A] disturbing exploration of selfhood...As always, Joyce Carol Oates masterfully evokes a sense of menace, if not malevolence, while drawing her readers deep into the psychology of her characters... a dark, intelligent and deeply compelling novel... which will hold you in its thrall until the end."--Washington Independent Review of Books
"Mudwoman is very good at the performance of the public life of the woman president...The unraveling of this performance is grippingly horrible."--New York Review of Books
"Extraordinarily intense, racking, and resonant... Masterfully enmeshing nightmare with reality, Oates has created a resolute, incisive, and galvanizing drama about our deep connection to place, the persistence of the past, and the battles of a resilient soul under siege... A major, controversy-ready novel from high-profile, protean Oates."--Booklist (starred review)
"...The Oates style, with its fractious barrage of dashes, suggests what [Emily] Dickenson might have produced if she had written doorstop novels instead of short poems...[Oates] is especially perceptive in showing the political tightrope that M.R. has to walk in her powerful but fragile position at the university..."--Wall Street Journal