Mother, Missing, by Joyce Carol Oates, Fourth Estate, €24.
To say that Joyce Carol Oates is a controversial figure is a bit like calling James Joyce somewhat influential. Truman Capote once described her as the “most loathsome creature in America'‘. The Guardian, meanwhile, has proclaimed her a genius.
The controversy surrounding Oates has its genesis in her preternatural productivity - the American author and Princeton professor has published around 100 books.
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