By Joyce Carol Oates
No different author can fit the awesome oeuvre of Joyce Carol Oates. High Lonesome: New and chosen tales 1966-2006 gathers brief fiction from the acclaimed author's seminal collections and comprises 11 new stories that additional show the breathtaking artistry and remarkable originality of an incomparable expertise who "has imbued the yank brief tale with an edgy power and uncooked social surfaces" (Chicago Tribune).
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