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Head of Zeus
Extenuating Circumstances
Extenuating Circumstances by Joyce Carol Oates

A collection of twenty-two disturbing tales of crime and suspense from literary icon Joyce Carol Oates, author of Blonde and 'America's preeminent fiction writer' (New Yorker).

Two hitmen in a depressed rust belt town struggle with a job gone wrong. A girl witnesses a horrifying accident and carries it with her for the rest of her life. Medical students bring a severed foot to a college party. Five-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Joyce Carol Oates has made a career of exploring the forbidden corners of human experience, and the stories collected here, spanning her first three decades as a writer, are among her most unsettling and unforgettable works to date.

Originally published in long out-of-print volumes, these tales have not appeared in any form this century – until now. They show a writer boldly engaging with disturbing truths and terrifying possibilities, and deconstructing the tropes and expectations of traditional prose writing as she does so. But beyond their stylistic ingenuity, these are creepy, suspenseful stories that cut straight to the bone; their darkness will linger long after the final page is turned.

A must-read for long-time fans of Joyce Carol Oates and an excellent introduction for the uninitiated.

Reviews for Joyce Carol Oates:

'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

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Fiction
03 Aug 2023 * 528pp * £9.99 * 9781804540817
REVIEWS
'Themed around crime and suspense, it veers towards the gothic'
Vogue
PRAISE FOR JOYCE CAROL OATES:

'A writer of extraordinary strengths' Guardian.

'Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday' Sunday Express.

'A sense of helplessness is the essence of horror, and Oates conveys that feeling as well as any writer around' New York Times.

'Oates is simply the most consistently inventive, brilliant, curious and creative writer going, as far as I'm concerned'
 Gillian Flynn
Author
Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates
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
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