A Fair Maiden (Otto Penzler Books) by Joyce Carol Oates PDF

By Joyce Carol Oates

Sixteen-year-old Katya Spivak is out for a stroll at the gracious streets of Bayhead Harbor along with her summer time babysitting fees while she s approached by way of silver-haired, dependent Marcus Kidder. before everything his curiosity in her turns out risk free, even friendly; like his identify, a type of light shaggy dog story. His appealing domestic, the youngsters s books he s written, his classical track, the excellent artwork in his research, his lavish provides to her Mr. Kidder s lifestyles couldn t be extra diversified from Katya s drab working-class life again domestic in South Jersey, or extra attractive. yet by means of levels, nearly imperceptibly, anything alterations, and posing for Mr. Kidder s new portray isn t the lighthearted activity it as soon as was once. What does he actually need from her? and the way some distance will he visit get it?

In the culture of Oates s vintage tale "Where Are You Going, the place have you ever Been?" A reasonable Maiden is an unsettling, ambiguous story of wish and keep an eye on.

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I lifted the bag to my mouth and chugged. The dormant back lawn was as tough as an equestrian brush. The sound of it abrading the soles of my shoes was plangent accompaniment to the crunching in my head. I grabbed Sweet Thunder by a handle grip, leaned it toward the ground, and surveyed the damage. Every visible inch of chrome and the pink-and-white color scheme was freckled with rust. The quilted pink vinyl seat was split at the rear, and when I banged it with my hand to see if it was sound, it coughed crumbs of brittle foam.

It was like having to take a spectacular piss while dying of thirst. To my right, the beach was peaceful and empty, except for the odd bundled-up elderly couple and driftwood-gnawing dog. The late-October sun was still bright enough to soften the color of the water that had already begun to sour toward a winter gray. On my left, marine equipment suppliers, bait-and-tackle shops, scuba outfitters, and rickety, lucrative clam shacks were shut down until Memorial Day. I battled the wind and followed the shoreline for the rest of the trip, past sand-blown beach parking lots with gates locked and signs that read Closed for Season.

I felt a sting. “Cool,” I said. ” “Less. ” Her eyes were red-raw. She tried blinking some relief into them. ” TWO NIGHTS LATER Jocelyn and I were sharing a smoke on the bench in front of the Amherst Post Office. I had less than a month to talk her out of moving. “How could you even think of moving? ” “Please. ” “Yes it is. So is wealthier. ” “I knew it. ” “That’s me: in it for the money. ” “All the guys in New York are junkies,” I said. ” “Oh, they do, do they? ” She was entertained. She had a smile that even she couldn’t stop once it started.

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