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Critics across the country have raved about Joyce Carol Oates's groundbreaking memoir A Widow's Story, lauding its blazing honesty and raw emotion, calling it "immensely moving," "searing," "enthralling," "brave," "slyly mordant," and "astonishingly candid."
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/ Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.
Table of Contents
|The Message||p. 3|
|Car Wreck||p. 5|
|The First Wrong Things||p. 10|
|E-mail Record||p. 27|
|E. coli||p. 29|
|Hospital Vigil(s)||p. 32|
|E-mail Record||p. 44|
|Memory Pools||p. 46|
|"I'm Not Crying for Any Reason"||p. 48|
|The Call||p. 54|
|"The Golden Vanity"||p. 63|
|Yellow Pages||p. 74|
|The Arrow||p. 78|
|E-mail Record||p. 82|
|Last Words||p. 86|
|"You've Said Good-bye"||p. 87|
|Double Plot||p. 93|
|Cat Pee||p. 98|
|"Sympathy Gift Basket"||p. 106|
|The Betrayal||p. 112|
|The Artisans||p. 113|
|E-mail Record||p. 115|
|"Beady Dead Eyes hike Gems"||p. 121|
|The Lost Husband||p. 123|
|"How Are You?"||p. 127|
|"Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter"||p. 131|
|The Nest||p. 134|
|Ghost Rooms||p. 144|
|E-mail Record||p. 153|
|Bruised Knees||p. 175|
|A Dream of Such Happiness!||p. 177|
|"We Want to See You Soon"||p. 179|
|Moving Away||p. 182|
|"Won't Be Seeing You for a While"||p. 189|
|"Can't Find You Where Are You"||p. 191|
|"1 Am Sorry to Inform You"||p. 193|
|"Neither Joyce Nor I Can Come to the Phone Right Now"||p. 203|
|The Military Order of the Purple Heart||p. 206|
|In Motion!||p. 217|
|In Motion!-"Still Alive"||p. 224|
|In Motion!-"Mouth of the Rat"||p. 229|
|In Motion!-"The Wonder Woman of American Literature"||p. 235|
|In Motion!-"You Can't Sit There"||p. 241|
|"Never Forget"||p. 246|
|The Widow's Secret||p. 248|
|Congratulations! I||p. 249|
|Congratulations! II||p. 252|
|E-mail Record||p. 259|
|The Cache||p. 263|
|Morbidity Studies||p. 267|
|The Intruder||p. 271|
|"You Looked So Happy"|
|Too Soon!||p. 275|
|"Leaving Las Vegas"||p. 279|
|"The Unlived…"||p. 282|
|Crude Cruel Stupid "Well-intentioned"||p. 284|
|"Never, Ever That Again"||p. 288|
|The "Real World"||p. 289|
|Little Love Story||p. 294|
|Please Forgive!||p. 302|
|"Happy, and Excited"||p. 311|
|Blood in the Water!||p. 319|
|Walking Wounded||p. 322|
|Dead Woman Walking||p. 324|
|"Ashamed to Be 'White'"||p. 335|
|It Made No Difference||p. 342|
|The Garden||p. 364|
|The Pilgrimage||p. 368|
|"You Looked So Happy"||p. 372|
|Black Mass I||p. 374|
|Black Mass II||p. 387|
|"Good Girl!"||p. 396|
|The Resolution||p. 400|
|"Did Ray Like Swing?"||p. 404|
|"Your Husband Is Still Alive"||p. 411|
|Three Small Sightings in August||p. 413|
|The Widow's Handbook||p. 416|
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