A Book of American Martyrs

A Book of American Martyrs

Joyce Carol Oates

Pub date
Fourth Estate
B Format 129x198mm
752 pages

Book Overview

Two families.

Two faces of America.

One violent crime that will bitterly divide them – and yet bind them together forever.

‘A magnificent story of two broken families’ Independent

‘Page-turning, gripping, full of unexpected twists’ Observer

‘From its dramatic opening, with the killing of an abortionist, the book rockets forwards … Ingenious, agile, dazzling’ Literary Review

‘Morally meaty and always readable’ Sunday Times

‘A masterpiece’ Washington Post

About the author

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys; Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the New York Times bestseller The Accursed. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.


‘The story of Trump’s America’ Daily Mail

‘Page-turning, gripping, full of unexpected twists’ Observer

‘A magnificent story of two broken families, both steeped in grief’ Independent

‘Icily subtle … at its spine-tingling best when staring into the dark, a sliver away from the Gothic’ Spectator

‘Dramatic, dazzling, ingenious, agile … her uniquely sane, empathetic voice seems particularly vital and timely during Trump’s presidency’ Literary Review

‘The most relevant book of Oates’s half-century-long career . . . a masterpiece’ Washington Post

‘Oates’s American saga captivates because it exists within an actual drama playing out across the country. A graceful and excruciating story of two families who do not live very far apart, but exist in different realities’ USA Today