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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 her 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; formally fresh and endlessly experimental, 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, the twenty-two tales included in Extenuating Circumstances exemplify the author’s idiosyncratic spookiness, “visceral, psychologically involving, and socially astute" (Booklist).


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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 her 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; formally fresh and endlessly experimental, 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, the twenty-two tales included in Extenuating Circumstances exemplify the author’s idiosyncratic spookiness, “visceral, psychologically involving, and socially astute" (Booklist).

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    “Extenuating Circumstances includes 22 short stories…mostly crime and suspense. They are a combination dark, gothic, and unsettling, violent, and suspenseful….. There’s a wide variety of character types-from ‘Jeremiah’, 34 years of age dropped out of school by 7th grade…. or ‘Sweet Gum’ was 20 years of age who decided against the army because he didn’t like like seeing so many men with black skin….. There were crime jobs — there were teenage girl runaways - a story about being a witness in an accid “Extenuating Circumstances includes 22 short stories…mostly crime and suspense. They are a combination dark, gothic, and unsettling, violent, and suspenseful….. There’s a wide variety of character types-from ‘Jeremiah’, 34 years of age dropped out of school by 7th grade…. or ‘Sweet Gum’ was 20 years of age who decided against the army because he didn’t like like seeing so many men with black skin….. There were crime jobs — there were teenage girl runaways - a story about being a witness in an accident — There were stories about marriage- family - divorce- a scary vacation - …From conflicts to resentments… …To sophisticated willies & shivers… …To spooky, sinister, creepy and mysterious… …With self-deprecating characters… Joyce Carol Oats (who writes in many varied genres: family sagas still being my favorites)….can hold her own next to Stephen King when it comes to tales-of-horrors. Although some stories I liked more than others — JCO’s has overflowing prolific talent — a master storyteller ….a phenomenally gifted monarch ….. an author I still enjoy and admire. Read her work long enough - and eventually we’ll experience every human emotion …..be it haunting….heartbreaking….or inspiring. I’m ‘not’ a reader who has tossed Joyce Carol Oates aside. I get value from her work. I love how she intrigues my own thoughts about life….from every imaginable different points of view.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    This is a huge collection of short stories by acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates, most of which were previously published in magazines and other media over time. There are 24 stories total, and several are not exactly all that short, so this book is a time investment! In typical Joyce Carol Oates style, the stories are well-written and many are dark and. unexpected. She always keeps me on the edge of my seat! “Family” stuck out to me, so deliciously, creepily good! I really liked the collection This is a huge collection of short stories by acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates, most of which were previously published in magazines and other media over time. There are 24 stories total, and several are not exactly all that short, so this book is a time investment! In typical Joyce Carol Oates style, the stories are well-written and many are dark and. unexpected. She always keeps me on the edge of my seat! “Family” stuck out to me, so deliciously, creepily good! I really liked the collection for overall, although I think I may have liked it better divided into two smaller volumes to be enjoyed on separate occasions! I am big fan of this author and will continue to read anything she publishes! 8/10. Thank you very much to NetGalley and Penzler Publishers for the advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    my favorite JCO short story collection to date Tales of violence, murder & revenge, with women only sometimes the victims, as we’ve come to expect from JCO’s keen sense of justice. I appreciated the trigger warning to start off the one story I didn’t read- “This is a terrible story”- had something to do with deer hunting. New writers should study JCO- she is a master of creating a vivid physical and character portrait in crystal clear (and wildly varied) settings with a few deft strokes. Can’t se my favorite JCO short story collection to date Tales of violence, murder & revenge, with women only sometimes the victims, as we’ve come to expect from JCO’s keen sense of justice. I appreciated the trigger warning to start off the one story I didn’t read- “This is a terrible story”- had something to do with deer hunting. New writers should study JCO- she is a master of creating a vivid physical and character portrait in crystal clear (and wildly varied) settings with a few deft strokes. Can’t seem to fall asleep without reading one of her stories.

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