The Female of the Species (Hardcover)

Tales of Mystery and Suspense

By Joyce Carol Oates

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151011797, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2006

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/15/2007)

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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 favorite 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.

Praise For The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense


"One of the great artistic forces of our time."--The Nation

"For 40 years, Joyce Carol Oates has maintained a creative dialogue with the roiling cauldron of contemporary American culture, writing unflinchingly about the oddities that bubble up into the headlines."--The Washington Post Book World

"As ever, Oates shocks, delights and amuses because she''s so good at what she does."

"Don’t say you haven’t been warned . . . Oates amazes."

"She’s at the top of her form . . . Nobody does that kind of well-written spookiness quite like Oates."

"Oates delivers her narrative from the protagonist''s point of view, lending her stories a chilling immediacy."

"Oates'' mystery stories are deft at uncovering the more unsavory aspects of American culture in our time."

"You can’t put this book down."