First thing I read by JCO was “Zombie“. This new short story collection sounds like a keeper.
via Chicago Tribune:
Review: ‘Sourland’ By Joyce Carol Oates
What’s obsession got to do with it, with the making of powerful and perhaps even lasting art? If you read Sourland, Joyce Carol Oates’ stunning new collection of short fiction, you have to answer: everything.
Fifteen new stories and the title novella make up nearly four hundred pages of obsessive focus on the plight of naïve young female adolescents and newly bereaved women in a world of pain, suffering, loss, and dangerous affections.