Joyce Carol Oates: The Accursed
Joyce Carol Oates has published over 50 novels and numerous volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize. Publisher's Weekly says of The Accursed, "[F]irst drafted in the early 1980s, then set aside, the novel is, in addition to being a thrilling tale in the best gothic tradition, a lesson in master craftsmanship. Distilled, the plot is about a 14-month curse manifesting in Princeton, N.J., from 1905 to 1906, affecting the town's elite, including the prominent Slades of Crosswicks and Woodrow Wilson, the president of Princeton University. After Annabel Slade is strangely drawn out of the church during her wedding, an escalating series of violence and madness based in secrets and hypocrisy is unleashed in the community."