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.
National Book and PEN/Malamud award winner Oates presents a collection of ten gripping and sometimes gruesome stories about love's dark side, many previously published in various literary journals. Through characters like a returning war veteran and a rebellious teen, love is transformed with unexpected twists and gut-wrenching turns. Oates adeptly crafts her characters and their situations, making edge-of-your-seat thrillers out of these short works. Narrators Angela Brazil, Susan Boyce, Stephen R. Thorne, Rachael Warren, Parker Leventer, Fred Sullivan, Emily Woo Zeller, Matt Clevy, and Mauro Hantman all deliver convincing performances. Fans of Oates and the horror/thriller genre will enjoy. ["More psychologically grim and subtly disturbing than aggressive horror, this will please fans of serious fiction and short stories," read the review of the Houghton Harcourt hc, LJ 10/15/10.-Ed.]-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.