Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates

By Joyce Carol Oates

An Otto Penzler Book

The desire for love—obsessive, self-destructive, unpredictable—takes us to forbidden areas, as within the chilling global of Give Me Your Heart, a brand new selection of tales by means of the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates.

In the suspenseful “Strip Poker,” a reckless adolescent lady needs to have the option of turning the tables on a meeting of more and more threatening younger men—Can she “outplay” them? within the award-winning “Smother!” a tender woman’s nightmare reminiscence of youth brings hassle on her professor-mother—Which of them will “win”? In “Split/Brain” a lady who has blundered right into a deadly scenario confronts the opportunity of saving herself—Will she take it? In “The First Husband,” a jealous guy discovers that his spouse turns out to have lied approximately her first marriage, and exacts a merciless revenge, years after the actual fact. In those and different robust stories, youngsters veer past their parents’ regulate, other halves and husbands get up to discover that they hardly ever understand one another, haunted pasts interfere upon doubtful futures, and those that convey us the main damage could be the nearest at hand.

In ten razor-sharp tales, nationwide ebook Award winner Joyce Carol Oates indicates that the main lethal mysteries usually start at domestic.

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Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense

An Otto Penzler Book

The desire for love—obsessive, self-destructive, unpredictable—takes us to forbidden areas, as within the chilling international of provide Me Your center, a brand new number of tales by way of the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates.

In the suspenseful “Strip Poker,” a reckless adolescent woman needs to have the option of turning the tables on a meeting of more and more threatening younger men—Can she “outplay” them? within the award-winning “Smother! ” a tender woman’s nightmare reminiscence of formative years brings hassle on her professor-mother—Which of them will “win”? In “Split/Brain” a girl who has blundered right into a deadly state of affairs confronts the potential of saving herself—Will she take it? In “The First Husband,” a jealous guy discovers that his spouse turns out to have lied approximately her first marriage, and exacts a merciless revenge, years after the very fact. In those and different robust stories, teenagers veer past their parents’ regulate, better halves and husbands get up to discover that they rarely recognize one another, haunted pasts interfere upon doubtful futures, and people who convey us the main damage could be the nearest at hand.

In ten razor-sharp tales, nationwide publication Award winner Joyce Carol Oates indicates that the main lethal mysteries usually commence at domestic.

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By then he drags one foot slightly when he walks. An old football injury. Volner has large tombstone teeth, and thin­ ning, reddish hair streaked with a little gray. His shoulders are rounded and he has a lumbering gait. He has a few scars on his face, debris left over from a few barroom brawls and his high school days playing football. So far, then, we have a brief sketch of his physiology. Let's take a look at his sociological dimension, his back­ ground. Let's say he grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

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Let's take a look at his sociological dimension, his back­ ground. Let's say he grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. His father was a welder and his mother, a bookkeeper. He had no siblings. His mother and father did not get along. His Creating a Murderer father drank and his mother had a series of boyfriends she met in her church group or in the choir where she sang sec­ ond soprano. A seductive woman, she got a kick out of seducing churchgoers. She finally seduced the pastor and ran off with him when Forest was thirteen.

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