A Fair Maiden

A Fair Maiden

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Sixteen-year-old Katya Spivak is out for a walk on the gracious streets of Bayhead Harbor with her two summer babysitting charges when she's approached by silver-haired, elegant Marcus Kidder. At first his interest in her seems harmless, even pleasant; like his name, a sort of gentle joke. His beautiful home, the children's books he's written, his classical music, the marvelous art in his study, his lavish presents to her -- Mr. Kidder's life couldn't be more different from Katya's drab working-class existence back home in South Jersey, or more enticing. But by degrees, almost imperceptibly, something changes, and posing for Mr. Kidder's new painting isn't the lighthearted endeavor it once was. What does he really want from her? And how far will he go to get it?In the tradition of Oates's classic story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" A Fair Maiden is an unsettling, ambiguous tale of desire and control.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
ISBN: 9780151015160
Characteristics: 165 p. ;,22 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Aug 07, 2016

It was my first book by Joyce Carol Oates. And I am sure - not the last one. Although sometimes there is a feeling of déjà vu - the writing is classical. The topic could be not for everybody's taste, but I like it. Yes, you can feel the theme of 'Lolita' of Vladimir Nabokov. But I like better this book than Nabokov's, which, I don't understand Why, almost everyone is admiring.

Aug 09, 2013

Creepy beyond belief. Good concept, but poorly written. It would have been so much better if Jeanette Winterson or Sarah Waters wrote it and changed the old man to an old woman.

kelleypoole Feb 04, 2012

This short novel is fairly disturbing and characters are a bit sterotypical, as is the setting. I wouldn't recommend it as a selection for a friend. One reviewer called it a blend of "soft porn and fairy tale." Not my favourite mix.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Related Authors


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top