A Fair Maiden

A Fair Maiden

eBook - 2010
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Sixteen-year-old Katya Spiva is walking with her two summer babysitting charges in Bayhead Harbor, New Jersey, when she's approached by silver-haired, gentlemanly Marcus Kidder, a local resident of some renown. What does this mysterious rich man really want from Katya, who is young enough to be his granddaughter? And what will he risk to get it?
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
ISBN: 9780547394411
Characteristics: 1 online resource (165 p.)


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Aug 07, 2016

It was my first book by Joyce Carol Oates. And I am sure - not the last one. Although sometimes there is a feeling of déjà vu - the writing is classical. The topic could be not for everybody's taste, but I like it. Yes, you can feel the theme of 'Lolita' of Vladimir Nabokov. But I like better this book than Nabokov's, which, I don't understand Why, almost everyone is admiring.

Aug 09, 2013

Creepy beyond belief. Good concept, but poorly written. It would have been so much better if Jeanette Winterson or Sarah Waters wrote it and changed the old man to an old woman.

kelleypoole Feb 04, 2012

This short novel is fairly disturbing and characters are a bit sterotypical, as is the setting. I wouldn't recommend it as a selection for a friend. One reviewer called it a blend of "soft porn and fairy tale." Not my favourite mix.


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