Give Me your Heart : Tales of Mystery and Suspense

Give Me your Heart : Tales of Mystery and Suspense

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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).

An Otto Penzler Book

The need for love—obsessive, self-destructive, unpredictable—takes us to forbidden places, as in the chilling world ofGive 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.



Baker & Taylor
A collection of macabre tales includes "Strip Poker," in which a reckless adolescent girl turns the tables on a group of threatening men; and "Smother!," in which a woman's childhood memories threaten her professor mother.

Baker
& Taylor

A latest collection of macabre tales by the National Book Award-winning author of We Were the Mulvaneys includes "Strip Poker," in which a reckless adolescent girl turns the tables on a group of threatening men; and "Smother!," in which a woman’s childhood memories threaten her professor mother.

Publisher: Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
ISBN: 9780547385464
0547385463
Branch Call Number: FICTION OATES...J
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 22 cm
Notes: "An Otto Penzler book."

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Jun 14, 2011

As a general rule I love Joyce Carol Oates' writing style, but sad to say I didn't even finish this collection of short stories. This is probably more a reflection on my need for a short story to have more of a conclusion, than Joyce's writing. I read 5 of these stories, but found them unsatisfying; too much left unsaid. I understand that short stories often leave the resolution up to the reader's imagination, but these just left me with far too many questions to feel satisfied :-)

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