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The Best Joyce Carol Oates Books

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List of the best Joyce Carol Oates books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Oates is a prolific author who has published over forty novels and has received many prestigious awards for her fiction. If you're a huge fan of her work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Joyce Carol Oates who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out her work if you're a big reader.

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    Them

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published1969-06

    SubjectsLiterary

    Genres (Book)Naturalism, Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2
    59
    7

    First Published1967

    Genres (Book)Naturalism, Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 3
    31
    8

    You Must Remember This

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published1987

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 4
    28
    6

    Black Water

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published1992-05

    SubjectsDrama

    Genres (Book)Music, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 5
    35
    14

    Blonde

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published2000

    SubjectsLiterary, Marilyn Monroe, Entertainment, United States of America, Performing arts

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 6
    47
    28

    We Were the Mulvaneys

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published1996

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Classics, Literary criticism

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 7
    20
    3

    Zombie

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published1995-10

    SubjectsMichigan

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Zombie, Horror Film, Fiction

  • 8
    24
    9

    First Published2007-06-01

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 9
    25
    11

    The Falls

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published2004

  • 10

    First PublishedJan 01 1990

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 11

    First Published1993

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12
    13
    3

    Wonderland

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published1971

    Genres (Book)Naturalism, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 13
    13
    4

    Middle Age: A Romance

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published2001-09-04

    Genres (Book)Romance novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 14
    12
    3

    Beasts

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published2001-11-29

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Classics

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Horror Film, Mystery, Fiction, Novella

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 15
    7
    3

    Heat, and other stories

    Joyce Carol Oates
  • 16
    11
    10

    Bellefleur

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published1980

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction

  • 17
    4
    2

    Little Bird of Heaven

    Joyce Carol Oates

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 18

    First Published2007-08-06

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Short story collection, Short story

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 19
    2
    2

    By the North Gate

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published1963

    Genres (Book)Anthology

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 20
    6
    3

    Do with Me What You Will

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First PublishedJun 01 1973

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 21
    2
    3

    Freaky Green Eyes

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published2003

    Genres (Book)Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 22
    2
    3

    First Love: A Gothic Tale

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published1996

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Gothic fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 23
    2
    3

    I Am No One You Know

    Joyce Carol Oates
  • 24
    6
    3

    Black Girl / White Girl

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published2006-10-02

    SubjectsLiterary, Pennsylvania

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    2
    3

    Big Mouth & Ugly Girl

    Joyce Carol Oates

    First Published2002

    Genres (Book)Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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