Joyce Carol Oates: The Gravedigger's Daughter (1366 words)

Oates’s 36th novel, The Gravedigger’s Daughter (2007), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award for fiction and on the New York Times best-seller list. As with other works by Oates, it examines the complexity of American life and social integration against a background of dark, often violent circumstances (Thompson, 2007). Of particular interest to students and scholars of Joyce Carol Oates, the story is based in part on the life of the author’s grandmother, who emigrated from Europe, concealing her Jewish heritage. As Oates explains, “The novel is fiction, but it was generated by her [my grandmother’s] life as the gravedigger's daughter, and her life after her …

Trimarco, Paola. "The Gravedigger's Daughter". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 December 2018
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