In "Hi! Howya Doin!" an intrusive jogger meets with an abrupt fate; in "The Man Who Fought Roland LaStarza" a young woman’s romantic view of her girlhood is devastated by her father’s confessions; and in "Valentine, July Heat Wave" a man prepares a gruesome surprise for the wife who has betrayed him. In the title story, a young woman tries to rescue her mother from the museum of Dr. Moseswith unexpected results. And the children of a notorious serial killer struggle to "decode" the patterns behind their father’s seemingly random acts in "Bad Habits."
In these and other suspenseful stories, Joyce Carol Oates explores with chilling accuracy the ways in which evil enters our lives. The Museum of Dr. Moses is another masterpiece from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation).
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
JOYCE CAROL OATES is the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the winner of the National Book Award. Among her major works are We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, and The Falls.
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
JCO is at her most delightfully grotesque and shocking here. One of the few people still able to surprise me when reading her Gothic, suspense, or mystery fiction. These stories are wonderfully constructed, at various lengths. She can play on your expectations like a fine-tuned instrument. Since you know these are mysteries or suspense stories, she can add such subtle shades to the most innocuous statements, and start that feeling of unease deep inside of you. As always, Oates seems to recount the novels as if she's experienced them or as if they've really happened, instead of creating them, and that always lends to an impeccable sense of realism, even when the most outrageous or absurd things are happening. Ever since BY THE NORTH GATE, I've had these feeling about her and her writing *Suicide Watch---I really connected to this one, so tragic and inevitable. Captures the desire to be close to and help those we love who are in need, and at the same time, also captures the constant exhaustion and repulsion in dealing with the same old patterns that emerge with addiction. What follows is the ultimate test of a father's loyalty to his son. Head-shakingly weird. *Valentine, July Heat Wave---A cruel "Valentine" from husband to wife, detailing with unusual, but impeccable internal and erudite logic, his commitment to fidelity and his marriage. His is the Valentine of all Valentines. I had to look upon the Interwebs how this story is written, and most of it is written in the "second person singular (mostly future emphatic)". You don't see that very often. *Feral---A fascinating take on the time when one's children start to grow up and pull away, with an ending making you wish there was more and more. *Museum of Doctor Moses-She has taken a bizarre offshoot of how traditionally, men regarded women, that is very unsettling and expresses so bittersweet that secret loathing one feels for victims that mixes with the respect you have for them for making their own decisions. This was the most disturbing of the bunch. Read these now!