Zombie (Paperback)

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*Author: Oates, Joyce Carol *Publication Date: 2009/09/01 *Number of Pages: 181 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.75

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780061778919
SKU 211280114
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0061778915
Release Date 9/1/2009
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Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.25T
Author Info
Joyce Carol Oates
The daughter of a tool-and-die designer from upstate New York, Oates was given a typewriter at 14 and never looked back. A famously prolific writer, she typically publishes several novels, short stories, poems and critical articles every year while also maintaining an active teaching career. She attributes her prolific career to regular hours and a love of what she does. Oates's successes began early: she was valedictorian of her class at Syracuse University and then went on to earn an M.A. in English literature at the University of Wisconsin where, in 1961, she met Raymond J. Smith; they were married three months later. She and Smith taught at various colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, including Princeton. Together, they ran the Ontario Review Press, which they founded in 1974. Oates was devastated in 2008 when Smith died due to complications of pneumonia, and claimed that her only solace came from intensive literary study and criticism. Oates writes in a variety of fiction genres, including a series of suspense novels written under the name Rosamond Smith, as well as some young adult works. She is best known for writing about human evil or people in bizarre and often violent situations, and many of her books reflect her working-class Upstate New York background.
Praise
"Oates is at her most Grand Guignol in this searing study of a psychopathic killer....Minor Oates, then, but a raw, scorching draft just the same."
"'Zombie' isn't pretty, but it isn't gratuitous, either, mixing elements that are horrific, tawdry and banal, Oates strikes a balance that makes her cautionary tale hit home."
From the Publisher
Annotation Joyce Carol Oates blends fiction with crude drawings and typography to tell the story of Quentin P., a serial killer in search of the perfect zombie (who will do whatever he asks). Filled with gruesome detail, parts of this literary approach to serial killer fiction were previously published by "The New Yorker."
First Line My name is Q__ P__ & I am thirty-one years old, three months.
Editors Note Meet Quentin P. He is a problem for his professor father and his loving mother, though of course they do not believe the charge (sexual molestation of a minor) that got him in that bit of trouble. He is a challenge for his court-appointed psychiatrist, who nonetheless is encouraged by the increasingly affirmative quality of his dreams and his openness in discussing them. He is a thoroughly sweet young man for his wealthy grandmother, who gives him more and more, and can deny him less and less. He is the most believable and thoroughly terrifying sexual psychopath and killer ever to be brought to life in fiction, as Joyce Carol Oates achieves her boldest and most brilliant triumph yet—a dazzling work of art that extends the borders of the novel into the darkest heart of truth.
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