By Joyce Carol Oates
“Oates is simply a fearless writer…with her courageous middle and her impossibly lush and dead-on imaginitive powers.”
—Los Angeles Times
“[An] terribly excessive, racking, and resonant novel.”
—Booklist (starred review)
One of the main acclaimed writers on the planet this day, the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates follows up her searing, New York Times bestselling memoir, A Widow’s Story, with a unprecedented new paintings of fiction. Mudwoman is a riveting mental mystery, taut with darkish suspense, that explores the excessive fee of repression within the lifetime of a revered college president teetering at the precipice of a frightened breakdown. Like Daphne DuMaurier’s gothic masterwork, Rebecca, and the vintage ghost tale, The flip of the Screw, through Henry James, Oates’s Mudwoman is a chilling page-turner that hinges at the energy of the mind's eye and the blurry strains among the genuine and the invented—and it stands tall one of the author’s strongest and cherished works, together with The Falls, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, and We have been the Mulvaneys.
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She yanked Mattie into the lavatory, and felt cold Diet Coke spilling down the front of her sweater. It seeped through her T-shirt to her stomach. Mattie let out another wail of protest, but in he went. With her shoulder, Susan quickly pushed the door shut behind her— right in the man’s face. She still had a ﬁrm grip on Mattie’s hand. Whining, he twisted around and tried to sit down on the restroom ﬂoor. He kept Woody ﬁrmly tucked under his other arm. “That’s enough out of you, young man,” Susan barked, pulling him up.
They hurried up a short dirt path, past a Dumpster and some recycling bins, to a chalet-style, white stucco hut. Susan noticed a paved pathway that wound around from the front of the store, intersecting with this trail. There was a bicycle rack and a phone station at the junction point. The hut housed the men’s restroom on one side and the women’s on the other. Pulling Mattie by the hand, she headed toward the women’s side. ” he shrieked. He must have noticed the international women’s symbol by the door.
There are other people here, trying to enjoy a nice, quiet meal. ” She reached across the table and gently pried his hand away from the man’s grasp. “We were just having fun,” the man said—with a crooked smile and a slightly wounded look. He sat back in his chair. ” “Yeah, Mom. Don’t be a boil’s port,” her son chimed in. VICIOUS 25 Susan took Mattie’s sandwich and fries, quickly wrapped them up, and loaded them in the Arby’s bag. “It’s getting late, and we need to skedaddle,” she said, not looking at the man.
Mudwoman: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates