Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense
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— ...more
Most notable stories include the titled selection "Give Me Your Heart," in which a woman pursues an obsessive love...someone who shunned her years ago. Her relentless quest takes us to dark and disturbing places.
In "Smother," an unstable young artist relives bits and pieces of nightmare memories until ...more
I found often that by the time I began to come to grips with what the some o ...more
For several reasons, I enjoyed this book less as I worked my way through it. For one thing, I started it while on vacation by the lake and finished it on a crowded El train. But I also read Andrea Thompson’s “meh” review and, while ...more
The abrupt ending felt contrived after the ...more
In this brief collection of short fiction, a dying art resurrected by a few deserving authors, "Give Me Your Heart" is a heart-hammering tour de force, a slick of short stories, bordering on the psychological exploration of the human mind. Reading Oates is, to put it bluntly and simply, obsessive. But dark. Maybe too dark at times. But with Oates, you know you'll get your money's worth. Every penn ...more
GIVE ME YOUR HEART: A woman writes to an old lover. She was a young student when her much old professor seduced her. The letter is full of anger, bitterness and resentment. She believes her lover owes her for what he put her through. She wants to cut out his heart. I thought this was a powerful story.
Oates writes about love; in her short stories she showcases the destructive beauty and violence that lies within the heart and she demonstrates how quickly love can turn and change into something entirely different.
I found each and every one of these tales to be absolutely mesmerizing. They are bizarre, macabre even ...more
If you've never read a Joyce Carol Oates book, then this might be a good one to start on.
Disclaimer: I am a huge Joyce Carol Oates fan. I have been known to ...more
“Haunting . . . Written in the author’s classic, clear style, these narratives enchant.”—Boston Globe
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 ten razor-sharp stories, 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 t
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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...more
I selected this book to read first because the stories were billed as "Tales of Mystery and Suspense". Tha ...more
As a collection, it makes for unsettling and uneasy reading. With several of the stories told through a disjointed, disorientated stream of consciousness, the reader is given a voyeuristic and uncomfortab ...more
So dark. So dark.
I remain horrified at the depiction of so many women as victims - of men and kids and themselves.
No doubt JCO is a fine writer, a superb one.
I think that the coming of spring just didn't make my mind open to such darkness.
Intriguing characters abound though, as does fine detailing.