The Female of the Species by Joyce Carol Oates
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A young wife is home alone when the phone rings in "So Help Me God." Is the strange voice flirting with her from the other end of the line her jealous husband laying a trap, or a stranger who knows entirely too much about her? In "Madison at Guignol" an unhappy fashionista discovers a secret door inside her favorite clothing store and insists the staff let her enter. But even her fevered imagination cannot anticipate the horror they have been hiding from her. In these and other gripping and disturbing tales, women are confronted by the evil around them and surprised by the evil they find within themselves.

With wicked insight, Joyce Carol Oates demonstrates why the females of the species-be they six-year-old girls, seemingly devoted wives, or aging mothers-are by nature more deadly than the males.

About Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 in Upstate, New York. She attended Syracuse University and graduated as Valedictorian. She then attended University of Wisconsin where she earned an M. A. By the time she was 47 years old, she had published at least that many separate books, including 16 full-length novels and more than a dozen collections of short stories. Some of her works were done under the pseudonym Rosamund Smith. She has also written numerous poems collected in several volumes, at least three plays, many critical essays, and articles and reviews on various subjects while fulfilling her obligations as a professor of English at the University of Windsor, where with her husband Raymond Smith she edited the Ontario Review, which the couple has continued since moving to Princeton in 1978. She has earned a reputation as indubitably one of our most prolific writers and very likely one of our best. Her fiction alone demonstrates considerable variety, ranging from direct naturalism to complex experiments in form. However, what chiefly makes her work her own is a quality of psychological realism, an uncanny ability to bring to the surface an underlying sense of foreboding or a threat of violence that seems to lurk just around the corner from the everyday domestic lives she depicts so realistically. Her first six novels, including Them (1969), which won the National Book Award, express these qualities in varying ways. she is also the recipient of an NEA grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Lifetime Achievement Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature. Her title Give Me Your Heart made the New York Times Best seller list for 2011.
Published January 15, 2007 by Mariner Books. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A razor-wielding miss who can pass for 11 is rented to pedophiles by her (step)daddy in “Doll: A Romance of the Mississippi.” Ugly cellar traumas await youngsters at the hands of their mommas in “The Haunting” and “Tell Me You Forgive Me.” In a turnabout, the young mom in “Angel of Wrath” coaxes ...

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Taken together, Oates's nine stories seem to suggest that the fairer sex is more capable of calculating cruelty and brutality - and that women have less reverence for the lives of others - than we'd like to think.

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The Female of the Species by Joyce Carol Oates Quercus, £12.99, pp279 If Glenn Close's character in Adrian Lyne's 1987 movie Fatal Attraction had been a man, it's unlikely that the phrase 'bunny boiler' would have stuck around for the past 20 years.

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Publishers Weekly

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As evidenced in this collection of nine stories, Oates's imagination is still fertile, feverish and macabre. These females are killers, either by their own hands or through manipulation. To be

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