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The Accursed

Joyce Carol Oates / Grover Gardner
An eerie unforgettable story of power loss and family curses in early 20th century Princeton.Princeton New Jersey at the turn of the 20th century: soon-to-be commander-in-chief Woodrow Wilson is president of Princeton University. On a neighbouring farm muck-raking novelist Upton Sinclair enjoying the success of The Jungle has taken up residence with his family. Grover Cleveland fresh out of his second term in the White House has retired to town for a quieter life. Meanwhile the elite families of Princeton have been beset by a powerful curse—their daughters are disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man—a shape-shifting vaguely European prince who might just be the devil. In the Pine Barrens on the edge of town a mysterious and persuasive evil takes shape.When the bride's brother sets out against all odds to find her his path will cross those of Princeton's most formidable people from presidents past to its brightest literary luminaries from Mark Twain to Jack London as he navigates both the idyllic town and the Dante-esque landscape of the Barrens.An utterly fresh work from Oates THE ACCURSED marks new territory for the masterful writer-narrated with her unmistakable psychological insight it combines beautifully transporting historical detail with chilling fantastical elements to stunning effect.Joyce Carol Oates The Accursed is a top-rated work of fiction that delves into the eerie and unforgettable story of early 20th century Princeton. The narrative is as compelling as it is chilling making it a best-seller among readers.For fans of Ian Mcewan (Lessons) Hernan Diaz (Trust) Maggie O'Farrell (Hamnet) Elizabeth Strout (Lucy by the Sea) and Barbara Kingsolver (Demon Copperhead).

  • Published by HarperCollins UK
  • Fiction/Non-FictionFiction
  • Target Audience Adult
  • Released 5th March 2013
  • Duration 22 Hrs. 54 Mins.