The Corn Maiden

Author:   Professor of Humanities Joyce Carol Oates (Late of Brown University)
Publisher:   Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN:  

9780802155085


Pages:   365
Publication Date:   27 December 2012
Format:   Paperback
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The Corn Maiden is the gut-wrenching story of Marissa, a beautiful and sweet, but somewhat slow, eleven-year-old girl with hair the color of corn silk. Her single mother comes home one night to find her missing and panics, frantically knocking on the doors of her neighbors. She finally calls the police, who want to know why she left her young daughter alone until 8:00 o'clock. Suspicion falls on a computer teacher at her school with no alibi for the time of the abduction. Obvious clues--perhaps too obvious--point directly to him. Unsuspected is Judah (born Judith), an older girl from the same school who has told two friends in her thrall of the Indian legend of the Corn Maiden, a girl sacrificed to ensure a good crop. The trusting Marissa happily went to a secluded basement with the older girls, pleased to be included, and is convinced that the world has ended and that they are the last survivors. Remaining an unaware hostage for days, she grows weaker on a sparse diet as Judah prepares her for sacrifice. The seemingly inevitable fate of Marissa becomes ever more terrifying as Judah relishes her power, leading to unbearable tension with a shocking conclusion. Helping Hands, published here for the first time, begins with an apparently optimistic line: He came into her life when it had seemed to her that her life was finished. A lonely woman meets a man in the unlikely clutter of a dingy charity shop and extends friendliness, which soon turns to quiet and unacknowledged desire. With the mind-set of a victim, struggling to overcome her shyness and fears, 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.

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Author:   Professor of Humanities Joyce Carol Oates (Late of Brown University)
Publisher:   Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Imprint:   Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Dimensions:   Width: 13.70cm , Height: 3.00cm , Length: 20.60cm
Weight:   0.318kg
ISBN:  

9780802155085


ISBN 10:   0802155081
Pages:   365
Publication Date:   27 December 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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For horror stories to be truly horrific, the reader has to care. Oates feels this deeply in her writing, and delivers with style. -The Independent on Sunday (UK)


For horror stories to be truly horrific, the reader has to care. Oates feels this deeply in her writing, and delivers with style. - The Independent on Sunday (UK)


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Joyce Carol Oates is the author of national best-sellers The Falls, Blonde, and We Were the Mulvaneys. She has been nominated for six National Book Awards, winning for Them.

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