Cardiff, by the sea : four novellas of suspense / Joyce Carol Oates.

By: Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : The Mysterious Press, 2020Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition, First editionDescription: ix, 402 pages ; 24 cmISBN: 9780802157997; 0802157998Related works: Container of (work) : Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- Cardiff, by the sea | Container of (work) : Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- Miao Dao | Container of (work) : Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- Phantomwise: 1972 | Container of (work) : Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- Surviving childSubject(s): Young women -- Crimes against -- Fiction | Life change events -- FictionGenre/Form: Suspense fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction) | Psychological fiction. | Novellas.DDC classification: 813/.54
Contents:
Cardiff, by the sea -- Miao Dao -- Phantomwise: 1972 -- The surviving child.
Summary: "Cardiff, by the Sea is a bold, haunting collection of four previously unpublished novellas. Starting with the title novella - in which a romantic-minded young art historian is led to (re)discover a terrifying trauma after inheriting property in faraway Cardiff, Maine - through to "The Surviving Child" - which finds the young new wife of a famous poet's widow haunted by the dead poet's voice dancing in the wind, an inexplicably befouled well, and a compulsive draw to the same garage that already took two lives - Cardiff, by the Sea is ceaselessly sinister. In these psychologically daring, chillingly suspenseful novellas, Joyce Carol Oates writes about women facing threats past and present"--Provided by publisher.
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Joyce Carol Oates, the "grand mistress of ghoulishness" ( Publishers Weekly ), showcases her mastery in four deeply disturbing novellas that will leave the reader both quaking and pining for more <p>In the titular novella, an academic in Pennsylvania discovers a terrifying trauma from her past after inheriting a house in Cardiff, Maine from someone she has never heard of. Mia, the protagonist of "Miao Dao," is a pubescent girl overcome with loneliness, who befriends a feral cat that becomes her protector from the increasingly aggressive males that surround her.</p> <p>A brilliant but shy college sophomore realizes that she is pregnant in "Phan-tomwise: 1972." Distraught, she allows a distinguished visiting professor to take her under his wing, though it quickly becomes evident that he is interested in more than an academic mentorship. Lastly, "The Surviving Child" is Stefan, who was spared when his mother, a famous poet, killed his sister and herself. Stefan's father remarries, but his young wife is haunted by dead poet's voice dancing inthe wind, an inexplicably befouled well, and a compulsive draw to the same gar-age that took two lives.</p> <p>In these psychologically daring, chillingly suspenseful pieces, Joyce Carol Oates writes about women facing threats past and present.</p>

Cardiff, by the sea -- Miao Dao -- Phantomwise: 1972 -- The surviving child.

"Cardiff, by the Sea is a bold, haunting collection of four previously unpublished novellas. Starting with the title novella - in which a romantic-minded young art historian is led to (re)discover a terrifying trauma after inheriting property in faraway Cardiff, Maine - through to "The Surviving Child" - which finds the young new wife of a famous poet's widow haunted by the dead poet's voice dancing in the wind, an inexplicably befouled well, and a compulsive draw to the same garage that already took two lives - Cardiff, by the Sea is ceaselessly sinister. In these psychologically daring, chillingly suspenseful novellas, Joyce Carol Oates writes about women facing threats past and present"--Provided by publisher.

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Kirkus Book Review

Creeping dread and dark violence haunt parents and children in four novellas of suspense. In her latest collection, the indefatigable Oates returns to the theme of parents and what they will--or won't--do to protect their children. The title novella is the story of Clare Seidel, an art historian in her 30s. Adopted as a toddler, she's never been curious about her birth family until, out of the blue, she receives a call from a lawyer in the (fictional) Maine town of Cardiff, informing her that a grandmother she's never heard of has died and left her a bequest. Soon she has discovered an eccentric trio of living relatives as well as the terrifying story of her long-dead immediate family. But every answer she gets about her past only raises new questions, and dangers. In Miao Dao, 12-year-old Mia is having a rough year. After her parents divorce, her mother finds a new man who makes the girl uneasy. Mia is also disturbed by the physical changes that adolescence brings. Her only solace is a nearby colony of feral cats, from which she rescues a tiny white kitten with strange black eyes that might or might not be her savior. Phantomwise: 1972 is the story of Alyce, a bright but naïve college student. She becomes involved with both her ambitious young philosophy professor and her kindly, older writing professor, a famous poet who tells her she reminds him of the girl in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. When she becomes pregnant, she goes down a very bad rabbit hole. The literary allusion that haunts The Surviving Child is the life and death of poet Sylvia Plath. In Oates' fictional take, the poet is N.K., a brilliant, successful, but troubled woman. The story takes place several years after the murder-suicide that killed N.K. and her toddler daughter but left her young son alive. Told from the point of view of Elisabeth, who becomes the second wife of N.K.'s formidable husband, it's a twisted tale of toxic patriarchy. Family secrets bloom into nightmares in these skillful, chilling stories. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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