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Daddy Love
29 Aug 2013 * PAPERBACK * £7.99 * 9781781852460

A powerful and unsettling novel depicting the horrors of child abuse by award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates.

Fiction / FA (Fiction)
Extent: 272 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm
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Daddy Loveby Joyce Carol Oates

From the towering imagination of Joyce Carol Oates, literary icon and author of BLONDE, now a major motion picture, a powerful and controversial novel about every parent's worst nightmare.

Daddy Love, aka Reverend Chester Cash, has for years abducted, tortured, and raped young boys. His latest victim is Robbie, now renamed 'Gideon', and brainwashed into believing that he is Daddy Love's real son. Any time the boy resists or rebels he is met with punishment beyond his wildest nightmares.

As Robbie grows older he begins to realize that the longer he is locked in the shackles of this demon, the greater chance he'll end up like Daddy Love's other 'sons' who were never heard from again. Somewhere within this tortured boy lies a spark of rebellion . . . and soon he will see just what lengths he must go to in order to have any chance at survival.

Reviews for Joyce Carol Oates:

'A writer of extraordinary strengths.' Guardian
'Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday.' Sunday Express
'Both haunting and sublime.' Literary Review
'Splendidly chilling.' Financial Times
'Visceral, psychologically involving, and socially astute.' Booklist

Joyce Carol Oates, literary icon, is the author of more than 70 books, including the bestselling novels We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde. Among her many honours are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Book Award. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Follow Joyce on @JoyceCarolOates

Joyce Carol Oates is a literary giant of our time. She has twice been nominated for the Nobel Prize, and is the winner of the National Book Award.

This chilling, hard-hitting novel sustains her reputation as one of the world's greatest writers of suspense.

MARKET: Alice Munro; Flannery O'Connor.


'Oates is a mind-reader who writes psychological horror stories about seriously disturbed minds, and it's hard to tear your eyes away from her grimly detailed portrait of Daddy Love' New York Times

'Haunting, terrifying, disturbing' Atlantic Wire

'This unsettling tale showcases Oates's masterful storytelling' Publishers Weekly

'An urgently compelling and drastically revealing study of evil, habitual terror, and survival' Booklist

'Wrenching, tightly written and focused... A grim examination of how humans cope with unspeakable physical and psychological pain' Cleveland Plain-Dealer

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