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     Keith Oatley (1993).
The Case of Emily V.
     London: Secker & Warburg


       
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 1994, for Best First Novel.
        Shortlisted for the UK "Mind" Prize, 1994.
        Translated into French, published by XYZ Editeur, Québec; and Flammarion, Paris (1996)
        Translated into German, published by Ammann, Zurich (1996),
        reissued as a paperback by Knaur, München (1998).
        Translated into Japanese, published by Kobun-Sha, Tokyo, (2006).
        Republished November 2006 in USA, Pleasure Boat Studio, New York 
      

“Ingenious and fascinating” London Daily Mail
"Oatley’s ability to keep all these voices in order ...  and still carry off a plot is stunning” Globe & Mail
“devilishly clever tour de forceToronto Star
”invites comparison to A.S. Byatt’s Booker-Prize winning novel Possession ...  accomplished, entertaining, enjoyable fiction” Quill & Quire
“Structurally fascinating ... this novel is delicious” Edmonton Journal
“Deserves the cult status enjoyed by the novels of Umberto Eco" The Psychologist




     Keith Oatley (1998). A Natural History 

     Toronto: Penguin Canada


       Translated into French under the title Les Tumultes du Siécle.
       Paris: Presses de la Cité, Spring 2000.








“A highly readable novel . . . A tautly constructed, acutely observed book. A Natural History opens up a world of wonders within the familiar novelistic terrain of ambition and adversity” Financial Post
“as intellectually expansive and chatty as a George Eliot novel” Globe and Mail
“a gripping  medical thriller and a compelling romance . . . an immensely enjoyable read” Toronto Star
“an unusually sophisticated love story . . . Oatley makes recapturing history seem like the most natural thing in the world” Edmonton Journal




     
Keith Oatley (2010). Therefore Choose 
     Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions











"A coming of age story quietly and compassionately told. Almost between the lines, the force of history bears down on these characters, as they learn what is possible and impossible in a broken world." Anne Michaels, author of Fugitive Pieces

"A thoroughly thought-provoking read. Oatley is deft with dialogue—big ideas are channelled seamlessly through the minds of the characters. George, Werner, and Anna's every choice—whether to act, react, or withhold action—is imbued with power." Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo

"Oatley ... self-consciously writes in the tradition of such literary minded medical men as Chekhov, Conan Doyle, and Somerset Maugham: as in a good case study, clinical clarity and precision are the hallmarks of his prose ... unquestionably a literary triumph." Jeet Heer, The Walrus.


Keith Oatley (2012) The passionate muse: Exploring emotion in stories
New York: Oxford University Press. (Novella in seven parts, with psychological discussions of each part.)

"The passionate muse is a true ‘hybrid’: a book that is part fiction, part explanation of the emotions fiction explores and arouses. The fictional part consists of a short story, ‘One Another’, that Oatley has written specifically for the purpose of this book. In the eight explanatory chapters, each of which comes right after a part of the story by Oatley himself (except for the last chapter, since the story has only seven parts), Oatley discusses both emotions experienced by the characters, and emotions that the reader may have experienced ... If the academic reader manages to adjust his expectations and opens up to Oatley’s novel approach, he will find that The passionate muse offers a great reading experience. While he may find his scientific interests better satisfied by Such stuff as dreams, The passionate muse allows him to test scientific knowledge against his own reading experience. So does this combination of fiction and psychology work? Certainly. Both parts — story and exposition — are essential to the whole. This combination leads, eventually, to a deeper insight into the psychology of fiction." Emy Koopman, Erasmus University, Rotterdam.


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