The Accursed, by Joyce Carol Oates
Reviewer: Angelica Martin; age 26; writer; Los Angeles.
Angelica’s assessment: It’s 1905, and in well-to-do Princeton, New Jersey, a curse has taken hold. As a result, all of the local daughters are disappearing. When one man, Josiah Slade, sets out to find his missing sister, he crosses paths with the town’s most formidable players, including President Woodrow Wilson and the famous muckraking author Upton Sinclair, each of whom has his own unsettling reactions to the occurrences. A chilling tale of psychological thrills and a riveting reimagining of history, The Accursed is worth reading—more than once.
To buy: $28, amazon.com.