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An epic novel of an American family in the 1950s proves the tender division between what is permissible and what is taboo, between ordinary life and the secret places of the heart.
In addition to many prize-winning and bestselling novels, includingWe Were the Mulvaneys, Black Water, Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart, andBroke Heart Blues, Joyce Carol Oatesis the author of a number of works of gothic fiction includingHaunted: Tales of the Grotesque, a World Fantasy Award nominee; andZombie, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel, awarded by the Horror Writers' Association. In 1994, Oates received the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in Horror Fiction. She is the editor ofAmerican Gothic Tales. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.