From the towering imagination of Joyce Carol Oates, literary icon and author of BLONDE, now a major motion picture, a suspenseful story about the complex relationship between two sisters.
When a beautiful woman mysteriously vanishes, her sister must tally up the clues to discover her fate.
Marguerite has disappeared from her small town in Upstate New York. But was foul play involved? Did she merely get away for fun? Or did she finally make the decision to leave behind her claustrophobic life of limited opportunities?
Her younger sister Gigi wonders if the flimsy silk Dior dress, so casually abandoned on the floor, is a clue to Marguerite's having seemingly vanished. The police examine the footprints made by her Ferragamo boots leaving the house, ending abruptly, and puzzle over how that can help lead to her.
Gigi, not so pretty as her sister, slowly reveals her hatred for the perfect, much-loved, Marguerite. Bit by bit, like ripping the petals off a flower blossom, revelations about both sisters are uncovered. Subtly, but with the unbearable suspense at which Joyce Carol Oates excels, the fate of the missing beauty slowly comes to light...
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
'Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday' Sunday Express.
'A riveting story, affecting as well as suspenseful. Oates doesn't flinch from grisly outcomes' Irish Times.
'Both haunting and sublime' Literary Review.
'A sense of helplessness is the essence of horror, and Oates conveys that feeling as well as any writer around' New York Times.
'Restless, preternatural brilliance' Guardian.
'An unsettling read worth every resulting jump in the night... [Oates is a] literary goddess' Daily Mail