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Give Me Your Heart

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A new collection of mesmerizing, macabre tales from "one of the most important living American writers" (Peter Straub, "The New Statesman").

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A new collection of mesmerizing, macabre tales from "one of the most important living American writers" (Peter Straub, "The New Statesman").
"In the chilling world of Give Me Your Heart, the need for love is obsessive, self-destructive and unpredictable. It takes us to forbidden places, confronts us with gruesome truths, and leads us beyond our control. In the unsettling 'Strip Poker,' a reckless teenage girl must turn the tables on a group of threatening young men. Can she outplay them? In the award-winning 'Smother!' a daughter's nightmarish childhood memory brings trouble to the door of her bourgeois mother. Which of them will win? In 'The First Husband,' a jealous man discovers his wife lied about her first marriage, and plans a cruel revenge. Will he go through with it? In these and other powerful tales, children move beyond their parents' reach, wives and husbands wake up as strangers, haunted pasts intrude upon uncertain futures, and lives hang in the balance. In ten razor-sharp stories, National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates shows that the most deadly mysteries often begin at home."


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Joyce Carol Oates
Publication Date
January, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.80 x 5.08 x 0.79 Inches

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This collection of sho...

This collection of short stories is more than a little disturbing, all the more so since they take place in everyday life and not some dark, shadowy forest or a deserted haunted house. Oates tells most of the stories in the first person, several from the neurotic viewpoints of the "perpetrators." Most of the main characters are female and several teen girls are in precarious situations with older men. The main themes throughout the collection are love/lust, seeking love, trying to keep love, and the crimes people commit in the name of love/lust. I wouldn't call the stories mysteries (the reader knows who does what), but they are suspenseful. I wanted to know how each ended. However, Oates did not provide closure. Most of the stories either just stopped or fizzled out with no clear conclusion.

Joyce Carol Oates is n...

Joyce Carol Oates is never bad, but when an author is as prolific as she is, they can't all be gems. I look forward to her gothic work with real relish, so I might have set my expectations a little high for this one. Unfortunately, it doesn't compare to her excellent Collector of Hearts or Haunted. These stories are more like novellas, and while they are dramatic and interesting in their own right, I would call them mostly drama of one kind or another--not mystery and suspense. It simply didn't hold my interest--possibly because these stories weren't what I was looking for or expecting.

Ive been trying to fi...

I've been trying to figure out the best way to break into Joyce Carol Oates - that is, what would be the best novel, what would be the best writing, what would be the best experience to determine if I would enjoy what she has to offer. When I came across this collection of stories, I figured it represented as good an approach as any. And so after reading, I can strongly say that I am, well, I am still searching. That is, the collection was good. All well written with some images that have stuck with me. For Example, the story "Strip Poker" was uncomfortable and one I didn't necessarily enjoy, but the images and the power of the story still sit with me. Similarly, the story "Smother" - more enjoyable - and concepts and images that still, vaguely, haunt. (I have given no synopses to these stories. By the nature of the collection ["tales of mystery and suspense], these are stories that a synopsis will either spoil or do absolutely no justice.) On the one hand, these were stories that were interesting enough for me to want to explore more of Oates' work. But not blindingly impacting me to the point where I am begging more. But that all comes off much more downbeat than this collection deserves. It is good. As I've indicated there are images and concepts and writing that, when I look through the collection, come back to me with fullness. It is a collection worth reading. I just wonder if I expected more (such a long search to try and determine what to read) and that build up led to this minor let down. And, to be honest, I feel I am going to have to come back to this collection again - reread because I think there is much more here than I have given credit for.

A strange and dark set...

A strange and dark set of stories. Some better than others, all somewhat ambiguous.

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