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'The Accursed' by Joyce Carol Oates: An engrossing throwback
In her long and famously prolific career as a novelist, Joyce Carol Oates has worked in many different modes, from the social realism of her National Book Award-winning "them" (1969) and the neo-Gothic storytelling of "Bellefleur" (1980) to the dreamlike historical fiction of "Black Water" (1992) and "Blonde" (2000), both finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. In "The Accursed," Oates combines elements of all of these styles in a bravura performance that has yielded her best, most entertaining and engrossing novel in years.
By Kevin Nance
March 8, 2013