Simply the most consistently inventive, brilliant, curious and creative writer going Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl 'I stand in awe before such an unresting hunger for the literary endeavour' Rose Tremain My Life as a Rat is Oates at her best a powerful, uncompromising story that explores racism, misogyny and recent American history Kate Saunders, The Times Sexism, rape, racism. Murder, sadism fans will savour this stew of typical Oatsian nasties, in which 12-year old Violet is cruelly exiled from her family the odyssey her psyche endures is served well by Oatess juttery, rough-edged prose Mail on Sunday Oatess novel adroitly touches on race, loyalty, misogyny, and class inequality while also telling a moving story with a winning narrator. This book should please her fans and win her new ones Publishers Weekly Oatess prose contains a deep-felt rawness which hovers between hope, despair and love Guardian
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award and the PEN / Malamud Award, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her books include We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, Carthage, A Book of American Martyrs and Hazards of Time Travel. She is Professor of Humanities at Princeton University.