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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Lose control, say too much, once it's out it can never be retracted. The worst thing
: to give yourself away in exchange for not enough love. "Tell me which way to
turn, Jeannette! — I've never driven in this city before." Mrs. Harth spoke gaily and
Not even her most savage detractors could accuse Celeste Ward of being "shrill"
and "unfeminine" — never did she raise her voice, never did she resort to
quarreling; never did she allow any camera to catch her attractive features in any
sort of ...
He mouthed her breasts which had grown abnormally tender, her nipples
sensitive to the slightest touch as they had never before been in Eunice's life, her
belly which was slick with perspiration, the secret flesh between her legs at which
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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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