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If you love Joyce Carol Oates, just buy the book. If you aren't famiier, be warned. The title story is amazing. This author makes all others look like crayon scribblers.Published 5 months ago by prepschool
This book seemed to me a collection of all the worst features of Oates' writing; I had enjoyed several of her novels, in spite of occasional gruesome scenes, but these stories just... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Susan Jenkins
I have of course heard of JCO for years, and read an occasional review-- but this is the first time I have actually read something by her. Why read her now ? Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Mitchell G. Shapiro
My first introduction to Ms Oates' work; I wasn't much struck on the first story but by number 4 realised this is absolutely brilliant writing and couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by sally tarbox
In most cases these stories a dark and often dreadful in their stark portrayal of the underbelly of human nature. They are not easy stories to stomach. Read morePublished on June 11, 2011 by BemisReviewsBooks
this book started out good but the final stories were pretty dark for me. I liked the book overall and I noticed on other reviews that Joyce tends to the dark side on her books. Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Robbie
This author has an uncanny ability to render with authenticity and verve the internal dialogue, the motives, and patterns of behavior of a wide range of individuals. Read morePublished on September 16, 2010 by Damon LABarbera