By Joyce Carol Oates
Sixteen-year-old Katya Spivak is out for a stroll at the gracious streets of Bayhead Harbor together with her summer season babysitting fees while she’s approached through silver-haired, dependent Marcus Kidder. at the start his curiosity in her turns out risk free, even friendly; like his identify, a kind of light funny story. His attractive domestic, the children’s books he’s written, his classical tune, the exceptional artwork in his learn, his lavish provides to her—Mr. Kidder’s existence couldn’t be extra various from Katya’s drab working-class lifestyles again domestic in South Jersey, or extra attractive. yet by means of levels, virtually imperceptibly, anything alterations, and posing for Mr. Kidder’s new portray isn’t the lighthearted activity it as soon as was.
What he wishes from Katya is whatever she can’t understand. What Katya wishes from him is anything else back. As their dating deepens, and twists, the query is who’s seducing whom? And to what end?
From a countrywide booklet Award winner and number 1 New York Times bestselling writer, A reasonable Maiden is “fresh, present and gripping . . . the perception intelligent and the violence vivid . . . [an] extreme and thought-provoking paintings of fiction”(New Statesman).
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