Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dear Husband

What does Joyce Carol Oates, a novelist, poet and critic of ­Scheherazade-like versatility, bring to the claustrophobic confines of the short story? These 14 noirish narratives, gathered with a title story that might be summarized as “Dear Husband, I’m afraid I’ve killed the kids,” imply that American family life, especially of the upscale white suburban variety, is no protection against the horrors that lurk a block, a click, a letter, a phone call away.

- Christopher Benfey, NYTimes.com

Read the rest of the review here.

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