Category Archives: Joyce Carol Oates

THREE BEDROOMS IN MANHATTAN (1946) by Georges Simenon

Recently reprinted with an appreciative intro by Joyce Carol Oates, this is one of Simenon’s ‘Romans durs’ – that is to say, a mainstream stand-alone fiction that does not include Maigret (though some of his subalterns occasionally appear). Instead we … Continue reading

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BLACK WATER (1992) by Joyce Carol Oates

Like Joe Klein’s Primary Colors, this roman à clef takes a notorious American political incident (though in this case one from the 1970s) and fictionalises it to provide some fascinating insight into the people behind the famous faces. A Democratic … Continue reading

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