Joyce Carol Oates: The Gravedigger's Daughter

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The Gravedigger’s Daughter (Ecco) is Joyce Carol Oates's most autobiographical novel and the culmination of her career-long themes and obsessions. Here, she talks about the background of this very personal book and its heroine whose deterministic world view gives way to a freer, relativistic one in which reinvention of the self is possible.

  • Read an excerpt from The Gravedigger's Daughter.

Photo: Jean-Christian Bourcart