A WIDOW’S STORY by Joyce Carol Oates

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May 2011, no. 331
Joyce Carol Oates’s plunge into widowhood

A WIDOW’S STORY

by Joyce Carol Oates

Fourth Estate, $35 pb, 417 pp, 9780007388189

A WIDOW’S STORY by Joyce Carol Oates

Reviewed by
May 2011, no. 331

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

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