The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares

by: Professor of Humanities Joyce Carol Oates

The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares
Author: Professor of Humanities Joyce Carol Oates

Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press

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Format: Hardback

Publication date: 17 November 2011

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ISBN: 0802126022 ISBN 13: 9780802126023

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An incomparable master storyteller in all forms, in "The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares" Joyce Carol Oates spins six imaginative tales of suspense. "The Corn Maiden" is the gut-wrenching story of Marissa, a beautiful and sweet eleven-year-old girl with hair the color of corn silk. Taken by an older girl from her school who has told two friends in her thrall of the Indian legend of the Corn Maiden, in which a girl is sacrificed to ensure a good crop, Marissa is kept in a secluded basement and convinced that the world has ended. Marissa's seemingly inevitable fate becomes ever more terrifying as the older girl relishes her power, giving the tale unbearable tension with a shocking conclusion. In "Helping Hands," published here for the first time, a lonely woman meets a man in the unlikely clutter of a dingy charity shop and extends friendship. She has no idea what kinds of doors she may be opening. The powerful stories in this extraordinary collection further enhance Joyce Carol Oates's standing as one of the world's greatest writers of suspense. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press

City: New York

Pages: 365

More info: height 217 mm width 148 mm weight 535 gr thickness 33 mm

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Age recommended: General/trade

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC21) 813.54 Library of Congress Subject: Suspense fiction

Record updated at: 15 October, 2014 time: 14:38

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