Don’t have time to read all 117 of her books? Start with these five.
THE FALLS (2004)
This page-turner begins with an unforgettably horrific wedding night, then evolves into a poignant family saga that takes place around Oates’ native Niagara Falls.
I’LL TAKE YOU THERE (2002)
The account of a neurotic college girl and her misadventures in a sorority is one of Oates’ most autobiographical novels.
The history and psyche of Marilyn Monroe are reimagined in 700 riveting pages.
BLACK WATER (1992)
This novella, about a charming politician, a vulnerable young woman, and a car accident, offers a brilliant parallel to Chappaquiddick.
Oates’ brooding early novel tells the absolutely harrowing story of brain surgeon Jesse Vogel and his struggles to live a rational life in a berserk world.