Joyce Carol Oates

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Friday, June 22, 2007

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Joyce Carol Oates' new novel, her 36th, is called The Gravedigger's Daughter. It's an imagined account of her own grandmother's life. Oates knew her great-grandparents were German immigrants, but it was the discovery of her grandmother's Jewish background (turned up by an inquisitive biographer) that prompted Oates to write the book.

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