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OATES, Joyce Carol
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At first, this could be seen as just a coming out story, but soon we realise that we are reading about a character who is trying to find his (sexual) identity. Darren is shy but observant, a sensitive character slowly making his way into the world of adult hood, and he doesn’t know who to voice his feeling sand worries to. Oates knows how to tell this in a way that should make it easy for many readers to empathise with Darren.


  • NOMINEE Pulitzer Prize 2001 (for Blonde)


  • EUGENIDES, Jeffrey: Middlesex (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002)
  • OATES, Joyce Carol: A Fair Maiden (Quercus 2010)
  • OATES, Joyce Carol: Blonde (HarperCollins 2000)
  • OATES, Joyce Carol: Mudwoman (Fourth Estate 2012)