The famously reclusive poetess appears as an uncannily lifelike computerized mannequin brought home by a childless, affluent suburban couple in the hope that their disaffected lives will be "enhanced" by a poet-genius in their household. Soon, like generations of literary critics and biographers, the Krims find themselves obsessed by the wraithlike Emily. They spy on her writing her riddlesome poems—they become infatuated with her, in very different ways.Mysterious, cunning, provocative, this "Emily Dickinson" is also very funny, at the expense of her hosts. After an erotic interlude of shocking—and comic—crudeness, Wild Nights! ends on a startling and unexpected romantic note.
has been called by Fantastic Fiction
"Joyce Carol Oates' most original and haunting work of the imagination" and by the Washington Post
"imaginative, impressive work that spotlights another side of Oates's talent."
"I found myself not only enthralled but transported"—St. Louis Post-Dispatch