“Late Love”
by Joyce Carol Oates
from the April 22 & 29, 2024 issue of The New Yorker

I know it’s been a long time, but I’d like to get back to posting the stories in The New Yorker (among other things), and so here we are with a new one by Joyce Carol Oates! I plan on reading it this weekend, but please feel free to comment about the story below! And, because I always wonder where to start, if you have a favorite book by Joyce Carol Oates, let me know.

Here’s how this one begins:

They were newly married, each for the second time after living alone for years, like two grazing creatures from separate pastures suddenly finding themselves—who knows why—herded into the same meadow and grazing the same turf.

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