Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most prominent writers of her generation, and she is fearless when exploring the most disturbing corners of human nature. In Evil Eye, Oates offers four chilling tales of love gone horribly wrong, showing the lengths people will go to find love, keep it, and sometimes end it.
In "Evil Eye," we meet Mariana, the young 4th wife of a prominent intellectual. When her husband's brazen first wife visits one night, Mariana learns a terrible secret that threatens her marriage and sanity. In "So Near, Anytime, Always," shy teenager Lizbeth meets Desmond, a charming boy who offers this introverted girl the first sparks of young romance. Yet just as their relationship begins to blossom, Lizbeth realizes that beneath Desmond's perfect façade lies a dark soul that could wreak havoc on Lizbeth and her loved ones. In "The Execution," spoiled college student Bart Hansen has planned the perfect, brutal crime to get back at his parents for their years of condescension. Yet what he didn't plan for is a mother whose love is more resilent than he could have ever imagined, who threatens to derail his carefully laid-out plans.
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About the Author
Joyce Carol Oates is the author of such national bestsellers as The Falls, Blonde, and We Were the Mulvaneys. She is the recipient of the National Book Award, for them, and the 2010 President’s Medal for the Humanities.
Hometown:Princeton, New Jersey
Date of Birth:June 16, 1938
Place of Birth:Lockport, New York
Education:B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am new to Joyce Carol Oates...though I have always meant to introduce myself to her writing, I've only done so now. What I found in her writing is that yes, these are stories of love but not just the love relationship between a man and woman, but also an exploration between a parent and child, a young girl and a maniac, and a woman and her abuser...some may call the stories dark. They are dark and disturbing but when you examine why they are considered so it is because each of us can actually relate to the existence of this "evilness" in our lives. In these different types of love it is disturbing that one can conjure up one or more situations in which this kind of thing does exist in reality. There is a distinct exhibition of the true and ugly side of love and how perception can mold that story. I found it most disturbing that I was looking at pieces and fragments that I could relate to in my life and found that they do exist whether in people close to me or in stories i've heard and this is what makes the four stories haunting. Like a bad accident, they are addictive and you can't stop staring...but you are sad/annoyed/disturbed to remember an accident in your own life that you may remember whether it was something close to you or you just heard in passing...the existing and ability to relate is what is most disturbing about this book. Oates is able to delve into the subconscious through these stories and force you to think about things that may have disappeared because of the readers perception. This is a gift and truly the definition of a hauntingly disturbing story. This is writing at it's best...she truly understands human nature. She is able to go somewhere within each person and evoke emotions through simple stories that leave you with questions and dare the reader to think harder. This is not my last visit into the world of Oates, no matter how disturbing, there is something beautiful and ridiculously talented here.
All her books are great. Real life in a real way. What literature is meant to be
While the premise of each story was interesting, the author's telling left much to be desired. Added to that, poor editing/formatting made this book a chore to get through. Don't waste your time.
My first foray into Oates's work. Mediocre. So mediocre, I am re-confirmedd in the utter vacuousness of contemporary lit.