The Female of the Species

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Penguin Group, Feb 1, 2007 - Suspense fiction, American - 288 pages
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A young wife is home alone when the phone rings in 'So Help Me God.' Is the strange voice flirting with her from the other end of the line her jealous husband laying a trap, or a stranger who knows entirely too much about her? In 'Madison at Guignol' an unhappy fashionista discovers a secret door inside her favourite clothing store and insists the staff let her enter. But even her fevered imagination cannot anticipate the horror they have been hiding from her. In these and other gripping and disturbing tales, women are confronted by the evil around them and surprised by the evil they find within themselves. With wicked insight, Joyce Carol Oates demonstrates why the females of the species - be they six-year-old girls, seemingly devoted wives, or aging mothers - are by nature more deadly than the males.

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THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES: Tales of Mystery and Suspense

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A gender-specific collection of nine reprinted stories that will make you wish for that extra chromosome.Little girls, mid-lifers, moms, daughters, wives, careerists all fare poorly here. Kids have a ... Read full review

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User Review  - lahochstetler - LibraryThing

This collection of short storis examines the capacity of women to do evil. Bringing us into the depths of horror, Oates's protagonists range in age, interest, and situation. We meet a six-year-old ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

The prolific Oates is known for her short stories and attracts attention with each new offering. Her first book was published over 45 years ago and she is a recipient of the National Book Award and is one of America's best-loved authors. She is the author of many novels, including We Were the Mulvaneys, which was an Oprah Book Club Choice, and Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award.

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