- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Sep 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525482547
- ISBN-13: 978-0525482543
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.2 x 1.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,788,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
When Black Sparrow published Cybele in 1974, it was considered shocking, even in a time when tell-all fictional exposes were becoming increasingly common thanks to the successes of just-above-dime novels like Peyton Place in the decades before. And thus Black Sparrow, a press known for keeping books in print forever, let it lapse. Twenty-five years later, it still hasn't been reprinted, and that's a crime. Short (at least, shorter than most of Oates' novel output), engaging in the same way as a splatter film, unremittingly ugly in its honesty and forthrightness, as of now Oates has never again achieved the power she did in this novel. Do whatever you need to to seek a copy out, if you're a fan of Joyce Carol Oates.