What I Lived for

Joyce Carol Oates, Author Plume Books $20 (624p) ISBN 978-0-452-27269-9

Another big novel from the prolific Oates, this tale of a successful middle-aged real estate developer whose hidden past surges up to wreak havoc on his present was one of PW's best books for 1994 and a PEN/Faulkner nominee. (Oct.)