Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense

Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense

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by Joyce Carol Oates
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0547385463

ISBN-13: 2900547385463

Pub. Date: 01/07/2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900547385463
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/07/2011
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
260

Table of Contents

Contents

Give Me Your Heart 1
Split/Brain 15
The First Husband 22
Strip Poker 56
Smother 83
Tetanus 120
The Spill 139
Nowhere 180
Bleeed 219
Vena Cava 239

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