Oh the Wonders of Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates has finally written a memoir — based on the experiences surrounding her husband Raymond Smith’s death in 2008. From The Wall Street Journal:

Joyce Carol Oates has published more than 50 novels, more than 30 short-story collections and an endless stream of essays and reviews—and that’s not counting her novellas, plays and children’s books. Now, at 71 and newly remarried, she is tackling a subject she has seldom explored in her work: herself.

Ms. Oates recently finished writing a more-than-400-page memoir detailing the aftermath of her husband Raymond Smith’s death in February 2008. She describes the book, “A Widow’s Memoir,” as practical and darkly funny (Ms. Oates says she plans to include a “widow’s handbook” with advice on fundamentals such as how to pick out a grave plot).

What a wild couple of years it must have been for Ms. Oates — between losing her husband and falling in love, remarrying and moving to a new home. Can’t wait to read the memoir!

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One response

  1. Reading her is not for the faint of heart. Or advisable after dark.

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