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Knopf Publishing Group
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6.7 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author
JOYCE CAROL OATES is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Life Achievement Award, the National Book Award, the Jerusalem Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the Prix Femina, and the Cino Del Duca World Prize. She has been nominated several times for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national best sellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, and the New York Times best seller The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind '52 Distinguished Professor of the Humanities Emerita at Princeton University and has been a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
"[Butcher] has the feverish energy, narrative propulsion and descriptive amplitude of much of [Oates's] earlier work. . . . Oates, as is her wont, succeeds in creating a world that is apart from our own yet familiar, making it impossible to dismiss her observations about twisted natures and random acts of violence. . . . We have become so used to the notion of the recognizable auteur blazing through the artifice of fiction and calling attention to his or her self that Oates's approach feels like a singularly uncommon one. Long may she run."
-- Daphne Merkin, The New York Times Book Review

"Oates' daring tale of grotesque medical experiments and other injustices is unnerving, illuminating, suspenseful, mythic, and, thankfully, tempered by transcendence and love."
--Booklist, starred

"A creepy, circuitous tale--one based on actual history . . . Vintage Oates: splendidly written, and a useful warning to choose your doctors wisely."

"Deliciously arch . . . Oates's scathing indictment of the physical and psychological treatment of women by the medical establishment makes for compulsive but challenging reading. Unlike the ghastly procedures depicted, Oates's inventive gothic novel pays off."
--Publishers Weekly

"[Oates] takes this very real nightmare of [the 'father of gyno-psychiatry'] and knits together a story about a young Irish servant who becomes Weir's 'subject, ' but also the object of his downfall. Sounds like the perfect American novel, delving deep into the horrors of invention."
--Lit Hub, "Most Anticipated Books of 2024"