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Babysitter by Joyce Carol Oates
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Aug 23, 2022 | ISBN 9780593535172

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Praise

“Unsettling, mysterious, deft, sinister, eerily plausible.”
—Margaret Atwood, author of The Testaments, via Twitter


“[Oates’s] noirish new novel is particularly dark—and gripping.”
—Christina Ianzito, AARP Magazine


“Captivating . . . I could not put this book down!”
— Zibby Owens, Good Morning America


“Oates’s unflinching compulsion to go there taps into something powerful and disturbing. I can see a book club discussion of this coming to blows. And possibly some hurled rosé.”
—Lisa Henricksson, Air Mail


“I can’t remember the last time I read a book with the excitement and tension of Babysitter . . . [Oates] is a master at pretty much everything, including domestic suspense . . . Everything crackles: the characters, the plot, she even pumps some new life into the serial killer trope.”
—Lisa Levy, CrimeReads


“Carefully constructed sentences, pitch-perfect dialogue, and a central character who is simultaneously sympathetic and repellent. An outstanding novel from a true modern master who jumps across genres with unrivaled dexterity.”
Booklist, starred

“A searing work of slow-burning domestic noir . . . Oates paints an unflinching portrait of 1970s upper-middle-class America, touching on issues of racism, classism, and institutional abuse while exploring society’s tendency to value women solely in relation to the role they fill—be it wife, mother, or sexual object.”
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