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A Fair Maiden. Joyce Carol Oates based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Chilling, exciting, and extremely well written. Oates takes the reader into the story in medias res, and immediately introduces the main conflict in the novel, as represented by the relationship between 15-year old Katya and 68-year old Marcus Kidder. They have a chance meeting in the park in a coastal town on the shore of New Jersey, and strike up a friendship which soon grows into a sort of close bond. Their relationship is of an alien-like nature and contributes to the eerie feel of the novel. As their relationship continues to develop, I as reader get the feeling of being a witness to something unspeakable. Mr. Kidder obviously wants something from young Katya, but Oates carefully covers it up and reveals only small bits and peaces of his intentions as the narrative progresses. The narrative tension and suspense becomes almost unbearable to me as a reader, which is the brilliance of the novel. I was absolutely mesmerized by this book, and can't wait to read more of Oates's works.