Give Me your Heart

Give Me your Heart

Tales of Mystery and Suspense

Book - 2011
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An Otto Penzler Book

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.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
ISBN: 9780547385464
Characteristics: 260 p. ; 22 cm.


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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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