Praise for Babysitter A page-turner . . . the result is nothing less than magical, a piece of work that is light yet dense, frenzied in its detail yet somehow also cool, measured and abstract . . . Definitely one of Oatess finest achievements to date Julie Myerson, Observer [Oates] proves once again her unerring grasp on Americas worst fears and desires in Babysitter, an extraordinary slice of suburban noir Daily Mail This pitch-dark pageturner blows you away with brutal vigour Mail on Sunday 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 societys tendency to value women solely in relation to the role they fill be it wife, mother, or sexual object Kirkus
Joyce Carol Oates is a novelist, critic, playwright, poet and author of short stories and one of Americas most highly respected literary figures. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys, which was an Oprah Book Club Choice, and Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University and a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction.