Beautiful days : stories / Joyce Carol Oates.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A new collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories by American master Joyce Carol Oates, including the 2017 Pushcart Prize-winning "Undocumented Alien." In the diverse stories of Beautiful Days, Joyce Carol Oates explores the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance. "Fleuve Bleu" exemplifies the rich sensuousness of Oates's prose as lovers married to other persons vow to establish, in their intimacy, a ruthlessly honest, truth-telling authenticity missing elsewhere in their complicated lives, with unexpected results. In "Big Burnt," set on lushly rendered Lake George, in the Adirondacks, a cunningly manipulative university professor exploits a too-trusting woman in a way she could never have anticipated. "The Nice Girl" depicts a young woman who has been, through her life, infuriatingly "nice," until she is forced to come to terms with the raw desperation of her deepest self. In a more experimental but no less intimate mode, "Les beaux jours" examines the ambiguities of an intensely erotic, exploitative relationship between a "master" artist and his adoring young female model. And the tragic "Undocumented Alien" depicts a young African student enrolled in an American university who is suddenly stripped of his student visa and forced to undergo a terrifying test of courage. In these stories, as elsewhere in her fiction, Joyce Carol Oates exhibits her fascination with the social, psychological, and moral boundaries that govern our behavior--until the hour when they do not"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A new collection of stories by American master Joyce Carol Oates, mysterious and surreal, and perfectly pitched for the confusion of the current political landscape"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      Fleuve bleu -- Big burnt -- Owl eyes -- Except you bless me -- The quiet car -- The bereaved -- Les beaux jours -- Fractal -- Undocumented alien -- Donald Barthelme saved from oblivion -- The memorial field at Hazard, Minnesota.
    • Other Titles:
      Short stories. Selections
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    • ABNT:
      OATES, J. C. Beautiful days : stories. First edition. [s. l.]: Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018. ISBN 9780062795786. Disponível em: Acesso em: 29 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Oates JC. Beautiful Days : Stories. First edition. Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; 2018. Accessed October 29, 2020.
    • APA:
      Oates, J. C. (2018). Beautiful days : stories (First edition.). Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Oates, Joyce Carol. 2018. Beautiful Days : Stories. First edition. Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
    • Harvard:
      Oates, J. C. (2018) Beautiful days : stories. First edition. Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Available at: (Accessed: 29 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Oates, JC 2018, Beautiful days : stories, First edition., Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, viewed 29 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Oates, Joyce Carol. Beautiful Days : Stories. First edition., Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Oates, Joyce Carol. Beautiful Days : Stories. First edition. Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Oates JC. Beautiful days : stories [Internet]. First edition. Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; 2018 [cited 2020 Oct 29]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 February #1

Oates' latest story collection features varied characters coping with confounding situations and relationships, with reconciliation often just beyond their grasp, whether they desire it or not. The 12 tales examine the forces and preconceptions that guide the characters' internal navigation. In "Fleuve Bleu," a chance encounter between strangers evolves into an affair involving power dynamics as well as the effects of self-justification in the pursuit of individual pleasure. "The Bereaved" follows Max and his younger wife, Becca, after the death of Max's troubled daughter (and Becca's stepdaughter), as the couple embarks on a cruise to avoid a cruel anniversary. It's a well-meaning diversion that soon reveals uneasy perceptions, memories, and doubts. Realities and influences shift and transform in the collection's later works. The haunting "Fractal" tracks a mother and young son as they travel to a museum specializing in the son's favorite subject, the story simmering in quiet panic as the visit frenetically devolves. Oates' diverse tales offer a forthright exploration of her characters' impulsiveness and internal provocations, further exposing the uncomfortable, virulent truths in their lives, and ours. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 September #2

Two lovers married to others insist that they will at least be ruthlessly honest with each other. A young woman realizes that her good-girl persona doesn't match the intensity deep in her soul. And, in a 2017 Pushcart Prize-winning story, a young African studying in America must gather his courage and his wits when his student visa is inexplicably yanked. Including 13 pieces altogether; with a big push on social media, where Oates reigns.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2018 March #1

With her usual acute grasp of human psychology, the prolific, multi-award-winning Oates delivers a hefty volume of short stories in three parts. Pieces in the first section mostly explore lacerating relationships that are broken or breaking. A married man tires of the daring and dazzling honesty he and his younger lover, also married, once shared; as he returns later, when she has cancer, she shouts him down. A man plots to implicate a woman who loves him in his death, and elsewhere, a couple for whom marriage "is an affable not-quite-hearing" bend but perhaps don't break under the strain of a daughter's death. The second section features identity confusion, with a white woman convinced that the black nurse easing her pain is the hostile student she once tried to help, and a professor who is intrigued by a staring woman learns that she thought he was deceased. In the final section, a young woman worships the reckless "master" who controls her and an African student unprepared for an American university education is deprived of his visa and subjected to horrific indignities. VERDICT Perceptive, unmissable work. [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.]

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2017 December #1

Oates (A Book of American Martyrs) toes the line between condemnation of and fascination with her characters in this collection of ethical failures. In part one, the characters' self-definitions blind them to the pain they cause themselves and each other—as in "Fleuve Bleu," in which lovers promise complete honesty and deliver needless pain. In the second part, assumptions, biases, and privilege stymie awareness among people of different races, genders, and body types. In "Except You Bless Me," a white adjunct composition instructor suspects without clear cause that a black student has been sending her hate mail. In the collection's speculative, fabulist third act, there are clear victims—the only characters readers will find sympathetic. In "Fractal," a boy becomes separated (both physically and emotionally) from his mother as they tour a fractal museum. In "David Barthelme Saved from Oblivion," a string of children leads an alcoholic writer away from his favorite liquor store. Throughout the book, the characters speak to themselves at least as often as they speak to each other. The Pushcart-winning "Undocumented Alien" is composed entirely of lab notes by postdocs more concerned with their work conditions than the ethics of their research. In Oates's narrowly constructed cast of ivory tower intelligentsia, subtle, toxic failings go unchecked. (Feb.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.