Give Me Your Heart by Joyce Carol Oates
Tales of Mystery and Suspense (Otto Penzler Books)

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The need for love—obsessive, self-destructive, unpredictable—takes us to forbidden places, as in the chilling world of Give Me Your Heart, a new collection of stories by the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates.

In the suspenseful “Strip Poker,” a reckless adolescent girl must find a way of turning the tables on a gathering of increasingly threatening young men—Can she “outplay” them? In the award-winning “Smother!” a young woman’s nightmare memory of childhood brings trouble on her professor-mother—Which of them will “win”? In “Split/Brain” a woman who has blundered into a lethal situation confronts the possibility of saving herself—Will she take it? In “The First Husband,” a jealous man discovers that his wife seems to have lied about her first marriage, and exacts a cruel revenge, years after the fact. In these and other powerful tales, children veer beyond their parents’ control, wives and husbands wake up to find that they hardly know each other, haunted pasts intrude upon uncertain futures, and those who bring us the most harm may be the nearest at hand.

In ten razor-sharp stories, National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates shows that the most deadly mysteries often begin at home.

 

About Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
 
Published January 7, 2011 by Mariner Books. 277 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But other troubled characters who attempt to take control of intolerable situations fare less well in “The Spill,” “Bleeed” and “Vena Cava.” The obvious outlier among these stories of mostly rural angst, “The First Husband,” reveals just how thin its attorney hero’s veneer of suburban civilizatio...

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“It’s been a long time, hasn’t it! Twenty-three years, nine months, and eleven days. Since we last saw each other. Since you last saw, ‘nude’ on your naked knees, me.”

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The women in Joyce Carol Oates’s latest collection display a powerful and self-destructive need for love.

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The short-story collection by Joyce Carol Oates takes readers to a place near horror fiction, where themes dripping with dread, jealousy and violent retribution lay waste to marriages and families.

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Red says: A new story collection from America's most prolific writer is always a treat.

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