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Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense
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The National Book Award winning author of Blonde demonstrates her mastery of contemporary gothic horror in these 10 chilling short stories.

The need for love—obsessive, self-destructive, unpredictable—can take us to forbidden places, as Joyce Carol Oates demonstrates with fearsome clarity in this short story collection. In "Strip Poker," a reckless adolescent girl must find a way of turning the tables on a gathering of increasingly threatening young men. In the award-winning "Smother!" a young woman's nightmare memory of childhood brings trouble on her professor-mother. In "The First Husband," a jealous man discovers that his wife seems to have lied about her first marriage—and waits years before exacting a cruel revenge.

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.
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01/07/2011
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Joyce Carol Oates. (2011). Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Joyce Carol Oates. 2011. Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Joyce Carol Oates, Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.

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The need for love—obsessive, self-destructive, unpredictable—can take us to forbidden places, as Joyce Carol Oates demonstrates with fearsome clarity in this short story collection. In "Strip Poker," a reckless adolescent girl must find a way of turning the tables on a gathering of increasingly threatening young men. In the award-winning "Smother!" a young woman's nightmare memory of childhood brings trouble on her professor-mother. In "The First Husband," a jealous man discovers that his wife seems to have lied about her first marriage—and waits years before exacting a cruel revenge.

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        The heart is a lonely hunter, and it also is vengeful, untrusting, and cruel, as Oates (The Female of the Species) proves in this fine collection of 10 tightly focused tales about love and its aftermath. In the epistolary title story, a young woman writing after many years to her alleged abuser, a biblical scholar, inspires sympathy at first, but a very different emotion by the end. Hidden snapshots propel a man into obsession about his wife's past in "The First Husband." The ambiguous memories of a woman with a history of drug and mental problems build to a crescendo in "Smother." A 13-year-old girl finds her resolve when she's the only female with a group of drunken, threatening men in "Strip Poker." A naïve college student's attempt to help a nine-year-old girl goes horribly wrong in "Bleeed." Each story shows the power of Oates's never-ending clear, clean prose.

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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...

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