Give Me your Heart

Give Me your Heart

Tales of Mystery and Suspense

eBook - 2010
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A new collection of stories by National Book Award winner 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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2010
ISBN: 9780547504636
0547504632
Characteristics: 1 online resource (260 p.)

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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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