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The Accursed

Joyce Carol Oates

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A major historical novel from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation)-an eerie, unforgettable story of possession, power, and loss in early-twentieth-century Princeton, a cultural crossroads of the powerful and the damned Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the twentieth century: a tranquil place to raise a family, a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at the edges of the town, corrupting and infecting its residents. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent. A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man-a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil, and who spreads his curse upon a richly deserving community of white Anglo-Saxon privilege. And in the Pine Barrens that border the town, a lush and terrifying underworld opens up. When the bride's brother sets out against all odds to find her, his path will cross those of Princeton's most formidable people, from Grover Cleveland, fresh out of his second term in the White House and retired to town for a quieter life, to soon-to-be commander in chief Woodrow Wilson, president of the university and a complex individual obsessed to the point of madness with his need to retain power; from the young Socialist idealist Upton Sinclair to his charismatic comrade Jack London, and the most famous writer of the era, Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain-all plagued by "accursed" visions. An utterly fresh work from Oates, The Accursed marks new territory for the masterful writer. Narrated with her unmistakable psychological insight, it combines beautifully transporting historical detail with chilling supernatural elements to stunning effect.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Grover Gardner

Length:

22h 55m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

52:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

27:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

33:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

47:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

38:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

39:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

26:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

49:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

34:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

35:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

41:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

12:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

35:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

10:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

57:03


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

37:10


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:12


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:14:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:09


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

45:31


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

33:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

15:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

12:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

43:02


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

51:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:27


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

28:39


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

16:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:19


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

22:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

53:48


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

01:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:31


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

44:32


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:12


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

31:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

16:57


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

29:16


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

00:49