I Lock My Door Upon Myself

Joyce Carol Oates, Author Plume Books $9.95 (112p) ISBN 978-0-452-26708-4

Set around the turn of the century, this centers on the ill-starred love between a white woman and a black man. Oates `` powerfully creates a hallucinatory and harrowing atmosphere charged with sensuality and destruction,'' said PW. (Dec.)