Beau­ti­ful Days

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By: Joyce Carol Oates Who? One of Amer­ica’s great­est writ­ers. Aged 79, she has pub­lished more than 40 nov­els, five of which were fi­nal­ists for the Pulitzer Prize. Got an hour and a half? Read: The Be­reaved. A step­mother comes to terms with the loss of her step­daugh­ter, who she never re­ally got on with. Got 16 min­utes? Read: The Me­mo­rial Field At Haz­ard, Min­ne­sota. A for­mer US Pres­i­dent wakes up in hospi­tal, and goes to see the bod­ies of the hun­dreds of peo­ple whose deaths he feels re­spon­si­ble for.

Bluff it: “As she does in most of her writ­ing, Oates bril­liantly treads the line be­tween con­dem­na­tion of, and fas­ci­na­tion with, her flawed char­ac­ters.” £18.99, Ecco

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