On 18 February 2008, Joyce Carol Oates’s husband, Raymond J. Smith, died unexpectedly of cardiopulmonary arrest. Smith was eminent in his own field as editor of the Ontario Review, but quietly eminent. Now he has become famous, a household name in international literary circles – as his widow’s spouse. It is an odd state of being, or non-being. But this is an odd book, alternately brilliant and bizarre.
Joyce Carol Oates’s plunge into widowhood
A WIDOW’S STORY
by Joyce Carol Oates
Fourth Estate, $35 pb, 417 pp, 9780007388189
Morag Fraser was Chairperson of ABR and was for many years Editor of Eureka Street.
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