I Am No One You Know: And Other Stories
I Am No One You Know contains nineteen startling stories that bear witness to the remarkably varied lives of Americans of our time. In "Fire," a troubled young wife discovers a rare, radiant happiness in an adulterous relationship. In "Curly Red," a girl makes a decision to reveal a family secret, and changes her life irrevocably. In "The Girl with the Blackened Eye," selected for The Best American Mystery Stories 2001, a girl pushed to an even greater extreme of courage and desperation manages to survive her abduction by a serial killer. And in "Three Girls," two adventuresome NYU undergraduates seal their secret love by following, and protecting, Marilyn Monroe in disguise at Strand Used Books on a snowy evening in 1956.
These vividly rendered portraits of women, men, and children testify to Oates's compassion for the mysterious and luminous resources of the human spirit.
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Review: I Am No One You KnowUser Review - Richard - Goodreads
I enjoyed every story in this collection. And what a range of stories they are! Two of my favorites: "The Girl with the Blackened Eye" is a dark and powerful story about a teenage girl attacked and ... Read full review
Review: I Am No One You KnowUser Review - LeeAnn S - Goodreads
Joyce Carol Oates has the amazing power to end a short story exactly where I don't want her to. It drives me absolutely insane Read full review