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An ingenious, dystopian novel of one young woman's resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society, from the inventive imagination of Joyce Carol Oates

"Time travel" — and its hazards—are made literal in this astonishing new novel in which a recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled (future) world and is punished by being sent back in time to a region of North America — "Wainscotia, Wisconsin"—that existed eighty years before. Cast adrift in time in this idyllic Midwestern town she is set upon a course of "rehabilitation"—but cannot resist falling in love with a fellow exile and questioning the constrains of the Wainscotia world with results that are both devastating and liberating.

Arresting and visionary, Hazards of Time Travel is both a novel of harrowing discovery and an exquisitely wrought love story that may be Joyce Carol Oates's most unexpected novel so far.

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Arresting and visionary, Hazards of Time Travel is both a novel of harrowing discovery and an exquisitely wrought love story that may be Joyce Carol Oates's most unexpected novel so far.

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      • source: James Gleick
      • content: "Joyce Carol Oates reinvents the genre to create a brilliant story of love and exile."
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      • source: New York Times Book Review
      • content: "Oates's writing has always seemed effortless: urgent, unafraid, torrential. She writes like a woman who walks into rough country and doesn't look back."
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      • source: Gillian Flynn
      • content: "The most consistently inventive, brilliant, curious, and creative writer going, as far as I'm concerned."
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      • source: The Washington Post
      • content: "Oates is still casting some awfully dark magic."
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        June 15, 2018

        Before she discovers the hazards of time travel, Oates's defiant heroine learns the hazards of pushing the envelope in her restrictive future world--she's sent back 80 years to Wainscotia, WI. She can't keep herself from questioning constraints there, too, or falling in love with another exile, never mind that she's supposed to be rehabilitating herself. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        September 3, 2018
        Oates’s eerie dystopian novel (following Beautiful Days) is set both in New Jersey circa 2039 and in Wisconsin in 1959. In 2039, 17-year-old Adriane Strohl, who narrates, is to be her graduating class’s valedictorian. Doing well in school is encouraged, but doing too well can get you noticed by the authorities in the “True Democracy” of the North American States (NAS), where equality is nominally espoused though not truly enacted (people of color and women are given decidedly short shrift). After Adriane’s outspoken commencement speech, she’s arrested by Homeland Security for treason and ultimately cast out of modern society and teleported to 1959 Wisconsin, where she’s to attend Wainscotia State University as Mary Ellen Enright and be reeducated in the hope that she can eventually return to her own time. She’s told she will be under constant surveillance and must never reveal her true identity. There, she becomes convinced that her psychology instructor, Dr. Ira Wolfman, is a fellow exile. As she falls for Wolfman, she begins to question everything about the restrictive world she left. Oates weaves a feeling of constant menace and paranoia throughout as Adriane struggles to remember her old life and adjust to her new one. The conclusion is surprising and ambiguous, leaving readers to question their own perception of events, making for a memorable novel.

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        September 15, 2018
        A defiant young woman in near-future America is sentenced to hard time in the 1950s Midwest.Oates (A Book of American Martyrs, 2017, etc.) needn't mention Donald Trump to make the target of this dark allegory clear. The United States has become a repressive regime that's run by oligarchs, ranks its citizenry by skin tone, and "vaporizes" dissenters. The narrator, Adriane, is set to graduate high school as valedictorian until it's discovered that her speech is filled with impertinent questions. (Like, say, Why does America fight so many wars?) Found guilty of "Treason and Questioning of Authority," Adriane is sentenced to a re-education camp: a women's college in central Wisconsin in 1959, eight decades in the past. (The nature of time-travel technology is initially vague, which makes for a potent late plot twist.) Given a new identity, Adriane is expected to be an Eisenhower-era good girl and not make a fuss. "I would be the ideal student--the ideal 'coed, ' " she writes. "I would never betray or even feel the mildest curiosity." As in any good prison-break story, though, her compliance doesn't last long: She finds common cause with a psychology professor who she suspects has been similarly exiled. Oates takes some pleasure in imagining Adriane's culture shock: women fussing over their hair, bafflement about books on paper. But the overall mood is somber, stressing the point that the era those MAGA hats suggest was so great was often oppressive and mean-spirited, particularly toward women. Oates dwells much, sometimes ponderously so, on B.F. Skinner's then-popular concept of behaviorism, which slotted humans as dim machines lacking in free will. And Oates' late style, thick with em dashes and exclamatory prose, flirts with melodrama. But forgivably so: Are we not living in emotionally demanding times?More shambling than dystopian classics by Orwell, Atwood, and Ishiguro but energized by a similar spirit of outrage.

        COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Starred review from September 15, 2018
        Adriane knows that it's risky to reveal that one thinks for one's self, yet, as high-school valedictorian, she cannot play it safe and is promptly arrested for her inquisitive graduation speech. Deemed an Exiled Individual, which is slightly better than a Deleted Individual, she is sent to Zone 9 and shackled to a new identity and tyrannical rules. Traumatized and bewildered, she struggles to survive as Mary Ellen, a freshman at a Wisconsin college where the library is filled with actual books and phones are enormous and stationary. Yes, Adriane has been exiled to the past, to 1959, 80 years back. Adriane/Mary Ellen is nearly paralyzed with fear, until she becomes convinced that a young, attractive psychology professor is a fellow Exile. Within a tautly suspenseful, wryly incisive tale of a daring truth-seeker and forbidden love, of the dawn of behavioral psychology and the weaponizing of virtual realities, Oates probes the diabolical, shape-shifting nature of authoritarianism and the timeless valor of dissent. While in this clever, brain-twisting, Poe-like fable she looks to the past and the future to dramatize the vulnerability of the psyche, the fragility of freedom, and the catastrophic consequences of repressing intelligence, independence, and creativity, what Oates illuminates is the present. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Oates is always provocative, but this tensile dystopian tale will magnetize readers in a whole new mode.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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