I enjoy reading Joyce Carol Oates. JCO is very prolific, both in titles and in pages which sometimes makes it difficult to pick out a JCO novel to read. The other problem interfering with a consistent and detailed study of JCO’s writing is that despite being highly entertaining, it tends to lack any lasting substance.
But not being the new Dostoevsky or Proust perhaps misses the point of JCO’s writing. Let’s face it, Joyce Carol Oates is an excellent story teller and a master of narrative fiction.