The cover art for Joyce Carol Oates' (left) evocative collection of short stories shows a woman, naked except for a pair of dark shoes, sitting in an armchair in the daytime and bending forward to look out of a window.
Edward Hopper's oil painting Eleven A.M (1926) is a fitting choice for a book of stories where readers observe characters as they observe other people. A man gazes at his naked lover while she sleeps; a bereaved woman becomes unhealthily fixated on the "small close-set eyes" and "hideous protruding tongue" of an obese girl she meets on a cruise.
TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Thank you for reading The Straits Times
You have reached one of our Premium stories. To continue reading, get access now or log in if you are a subscriber.
What is Premium?
New promotion with The Straits Times
For a limited time, get a Google Home or a Google Home Mini when you subscribe.