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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Lorraine called goodbye after her as always but Tippi scarcely glanced back, and
her voice was flat, almost inaudible — "Bye, Mom." "TIPPI AIN HERE MISSUS
TOO BAD! BYEBYE!" The ugly jeering words echoing in Lorraine Lake's head.
Had he glanced into his rearview mirror in impatience, or derision? — he would
have seen only my fallen figure, at the side of the road. But probably he didn't so
much as glance back. I limped home crying, bleeding badly from my right knee ...
She'd been hoping for a few minutes to relax and glance through her speech
before the program began at eight o'clock — it was seven- forty now — but
evidently that wasn't to be. She heard herself speaking gaily, bubbling with her
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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
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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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