Lovely, Dark, Deep by Joyce Carol Oates

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Lovely, Dark, Deep
432 pages; Ecco
A master cartographer of inner landscapes, the prolific Oates returns with a virtuosic collection that moves fluently across a range of characters, settings, and moods. In these 13 stories, she opts for a looser, more expressionistic palette as she gazes grimly, gorgeously, into the crucible of mortality.
— Hamilton Cain