Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Sep 3, 2013 - Fiction - 224 pages
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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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Review: Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong

User Review  - Pamela Scott - Goodreads

EVIL EYE: I didn't think this was a very good tale. I liked some aspects of it. I like the way JCO examined the relationship between the husband and his first and most recent wife. I like the fact the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alvaro Zinos-Amaro - Goodreads

Intense, dark, violent, intimate. Plenty of interesting narrative devices going on. Gripping, and amply delivering on the promise of darkness and obsession made by the collection's subtitle. Read full review

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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.

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