The Accursed

The Accursed

by Joyce Carol Oates
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Overview

The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates

Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the twentieth century. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent. A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton—their daughters begin disappearing. And in the Pine Barrens that border the town, a lush and terrifying underworld opens up.

An utterly fresh work from Oates, The Accursed marks new territory for the masterful writer—narrated with her unmistakable psychological insight, it combines beautifully transporting historical detail with chilling supernatural elements to stunning effect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062233011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 1036
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.90(d)

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.

Hometown:

Princeton, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

June 16, 1938

Place of Birth:

Lockport, New York

Education:

B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oates has written a fascinating novel featuring historical figures and the upper crust of Princeton at the dawn of the twentieth century. In her world, however, these sons and daughters of privelege are haunted by a mysterious curse, claiming them, one by one, to the horror of the polite and sheltered society. All of this is narrated by a rambling characture of a historian, whose writing style is very much of the time period in which he has absorbed himself. The effect is that the whole account, which includes diary entries, letters, and dialogue, maintains the flow and continuity of a novel, despite the use of a contemporary narrator. It is fascinating, unpredictable, and impossible to put down.
NavalDaughterWWII More than 1 year ago
Although a HUGE fan of JCO for decades, this one I couldn't get into and stopped reading after 100 pages or so. Not up to par with most of her other novels .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why someone as talented as Joyce Carol Oates would spend time and effort writing such a book escapes me. The concept of an historical Gothic fantasy is clever, but she turned it into a tedious, repetitive exercise. To make matters worse, it's too long by about two thirds. I pride myself on finishing the books I start and keeping an open mind, but this experience seems so twistedly wasteful as to make the reading truly shameful instead of a guilty pleasure! -- catwak
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not worthy of the author. I can only guess that she was trying to capitalize on the not so recent popular interest in daytime television soap operas that erroneously include vampires. I found this book to be extremely tedious and dull. Don't waste your time or money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But not of this book.....100 pages in and trying to stay with it. TORTURE to read!!!!
themerrywindchime More than 1 year ago
Joyce Carol Oates usually writes a good book which is worth reading. I liked this book for two reasons: 1) I like historical fiction, and 2) I like stories of strange events. Once again, Oates has produced an interesting, and unusual novel.
maggie-pam More than 1 year ago
An early Oates; there are glimmers of her greatness, but too verbose and wandering. Just couldn't invest the time to finish it. Disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried and tried with this book. I gave up halfway through, which I never do with a book. It jumps around so much, I felt myself wishing she would stick to one story and get on with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this author since she has written such wonderful books in the past, but I found this painstakingly long and difficult to finish.
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One of Oate's best works!
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Lived in NJ many years and known the area very well so it made the book so much more interesting to me!
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Great book!
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Horrible.
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pureness More than 1 year ago
I am trying to forget...only long habit is making me finish this miss mash, cudda been good but WAS NOT!
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