I Am No One You Know: Stories

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Harper Collins, Apr 5, 2005 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

More of the same, from the most frustratingly uneven writer in the business.In other words, the usual disjointed gathering of carefully composed and inexplicably slipshod work: 19 stories, of varying ... Read full review

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Like an ominous storm cloud forming on the horizon, these 19 stories (all previously published in slightly different form) build on a sense of foreboding. In Part 1, the storm hits hard, with each ... Read full review


Curly Red
In Hiding
Im Not Your Son I Am No One You Know
Aiding and Abetting
Me Wolfie 1979
The Girl with the Blackened Eye
Cumberland Breakdown
The Instructor
A Love Story
An Elegy
A Deposition
A Ballad
Three Girls
The Mutants

Wolfs Head Lake

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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and the National Humanities Medal, our government's highest civilian honor for the arts. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the 2010 recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Joyce Carol Oates lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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