Joyce Carol Oates talks about The Gravedigger's Daughter.
A family desperate to escape Nazi Germany settles in upstate New York, where the father is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger an cemetery caretaker. What follows is a tale of unspeakable tragedy, as the gravedigger's daughter begins her astonishing pilgrimage into America, an odyssey of ingenious self-invention and bittersweet triumph- Book Passage
Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates is the author of many novels, including "Them," "Black Water," "We Were the Mulvaneys," and, most recently, "Little Bird of Heaven" and "A Fair Maiden." Her new story collection, "Sourland," is out in September and contains "Pumpkin Head," which originally appeared in The New Yorker. She has received the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.