Black Water

Joyce Carol Oates, Author Plume Books $13 (160p) ISBN 978-0-452-26986-6

In a plot shocking for its blatant familiarity, a figure identified as The Senator tipsily drives a young woman away from a party and off of a dock.A two-week PW bestseller and a BOMC selection in cloth, this novella is gripping and hallucinatory. (May)