Heat: And Other Stories

Heat: And Other Stories

by Joyce Carol Oates
     
 

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Poet, novelist, critic, and the 1990 recipient of the Rea Award, given annually "to honor a writer who has made a signifciant contribution to the short story as an art form." Joyce Carol Oates in her new collection offers readers 25 rich, hard-edged stories stamped with her inimitable touch: tales of violence...or uncertainty...or the macabre running like life-blood

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Poet, novelist, critic, and the 1990 recipient of the Rea Award, given annually "to honor a writer who has made a signifciant contribution to the short story as an art form." Joyce Carol Oates in her new collection offers readers 25 rich, hard-edged stories stamped with her inimitable touch: tales of violence...or uncertainty...or the macabre running like life-blood through them. In the O. Henry award-winning title story, "Heat," young twin sisters are murdered, and both they and their killer remembered by a woman who was their contemprary and, in a way, a victim as well...In "Leiila Lee," a young woman who married an older man tried to develop a relationship with her husband's angry teenage son...In "House Hunting," a husband perplexed by his disintegrating marriage goes househunting without his wife, and embarks on a quest - not only for a house, but for his future. From small towns to big cities, from the working-class to the upper-class, there is scarcely an aspect of the American experience that Joyce Carol Oates has not magically made her own. Her stories shock, provoke, and astound us with their commentary on the human condition.

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Library Journal
Devoted fans and newcomers alike will find it hard to read just one of the 25 compelling stories in Oates's newest collection. In the title story, a chilling tale of repressed sexuality, Oates grips the reader with her masterful interplay of dread, dominance, and youth. The story begins after the bold, impetuous Kunkle twins are found behind the icehouse, raped and murdered. The iceman's son, Roger, can't explain the blood on his overalls because he doesn't remember a thing. The young narrator isn't exactly sure what happened to Rhea and Rhoda before they died, but the reader knows. Less is left to the imagination when adult voices tell tales of love, desire, and despair. Oates combines stories of voyeuristic clarity with those that obscure truth to reveal the emotional forces at war in the human heart. Highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/91.-- Janet Wilson Reit, Univ. of Vermont Lib., Burlington

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452266469
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1992
Series:
Contemporary Fiction Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.94(d)

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