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Where Is Here

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In dramatic, tightly focused narratives charges with tension, menace, and the shock of the unexpected, Where Is Here? examines a world in which ordinary life is electrified by the potential for sudden change. Domestic violence, fear and abandonment and betrayal, and the obsession with loss shadow the characters that inhabit these startling, intriguing stories. With the pre...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published September 21st 1993 by Harper Perennial (first published November 1st 1992)
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Larry Bassett
I have not read any JCO in a while and have an entire shelf of books by her. I have also decided that it is time to focus on some short stories since my brain seems hard pressed to retain significant quantities of detail in longer stories. I just finished a book of short stories where most were ten pages or less and I enjoyed most of them. However, the final two stories were 30 and 35 pages and I didn’t enjoy them so much. So, when I say SHORT, I am serious. It turns out that there are 35 storie...more
Pamela Scott
I decided to read this after reading her recent lacklustre collection of short stories The Corn Maiden & Other Nightmares which I gave a negative review of (http://thebookloversboudoir.wordpress...). I wanted Oates to redeem herself.

Where is Here? is an earlier collection and was published when Oates was at the top of her game. It was published at the same time as her brilliant novella Black Water (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Wa....

I thought the story contained forty+ stories but it c...more
Valerie Valentine
Every time I read this author, I am blown away by her grasp of the human condition. Her ideas are diverse and vast, phenomenally insightful, if a bit dark. She hits extreme points of emotion and always takes on challenging, diverse voices. I'm not a man so I can't vouch but it seems like she does male POV really well. She even gets into a dog's mind. Some of these stories were haunting - there were a lot in the collection, many short bites but a few longer... Insomnia was disturbing, a medical s...more
Kathy Gardner
Excellent. I love quick short stories that probe my imagination.
One of the best collections of short stories I have ever read. Read "Area Man Found Crucified." If you don't like that one, you will not like this book. If you do...keep reading!
Sommer Ann McCullough
Such an intense collection of short stories. A must read for anyone who loves dramatic, twisted and dysfunctional people/situations. A real page turner and captivating read.
I really love Joyce Carol Oates's style. This book is a collection of short stories and there are a handful of them that are just beautifully written. Good read!
Another fantastic collection of short stories. Poetic without being flowery.
Do not like her short stories as much as her novels- gotta be honest.
One of my all-time favorite short story collections.
Some of her best short stories.
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Pseudonyms ... Rosamond Smith and Laure...more
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