The Female of the Species
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 suspenseUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Oates's (The Falls ) short stories are usually dark, edgy affairs, and this collection offers more in that vein. Nine narratives all center on women flirting with death. In some, the female characters ... Read full review
Review: The Female of the SpeciesUser Review - Goodreads
Brilliant. Intriguing. These stories are well crafted and make you want to turn the page. JCO can get into the psychology of many different kinds of personalities. Some of the stories are creepy ... Read full review