The collector of hearts: new tales of the grotesque
In these twenty-five gothic horror tales from the master of the short story, Joyce Carol Oates explores the waking nightmares of life with eyes wide-open, facing what the bravest of us fear the most. From the Kafka-esque "Scars" to a ballad like tale of erotic obsession in "The Crossing, " to the mother-daughter bond given a fatal twist in "Death Mother" the stories in The Collector of Hearts illuminate the mysteries of the human experience -- both intellectual and visceral. It is a stunning and richly diverse anthology of mood and menace -- haunting, elegiac, and compulsively readable.
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Beneath her coat, Jeannette saw, her mother was wearing an oyster-white dress,
or was it layers of filmy pale cloth like curtains? — there seemed to be no collar to
the costume, no visible buttons. The gauzy material was draped loose across ...
Strange how, through the filmy windows of Mrs. Harth's lead- colored Dodge, the
familiar streets, the redbrick "historic" buildings of Nautauga College, even the
long sloping campus lawn were altered; how childish, self-absorbed, unattractive
Here in the Kistenmacher house she was obliged to share her room with no one,
a pretty girl's room of filmy white curtains, white walls and white satin fabrics; she
was obliged to share her thoughts with no one. She would not be judged, she ...
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THE COLLECTOR OF HEARTS: New Tales of the GrotesqueUser Review - Kirkus
Oates's newest collection (and, to nobody's surprise, second major work of fiction this year) intriguingly revisits the "gothic" terrain surveyed in such earlier volumes as Night-Side (1977) and ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sorell - LibraryThing
Collector of Hearts is another short story collection that centers around grotesque characters and plots. Despite the similarity with themes in Haunted, Collector of the Hearts pales in comparison. In ... Read full review
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