Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense (Hardcover)

Tales of Mystery and Suspense

By Joyce Carol Oates

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), 9780547385464, 260pp.

Publication Date: January 7, 2011



An Otto Penzler Book

The need for love obsessive, self-destructive, unpredictable takes us to forbidden places, as in the chilling world of Give Me Your Heart, a new collection of stories by the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates.

In the suspenseful Strip Poker, a reckless adolescent girl must find a way of turning the tables on a gathering of increasingly threatening young men Can she outplay them? In the award-winning Smother a young woman's nightmare memory of childhood brings trouble on her professor-mother Which of them will win ? In Split/Brain a woman who has blundered into a lethal situation confronts the possibility of saving herself Will she take it? In The First Husband, a jealous man discovers that his wife seems to have lied about her first marriage, and exacts a cruel revenge, years after the fact. In these and other powerful tales, children veer beyond their parents control, wives and husbands wake up to find that they hardly know each other, haunted pasts intrude upon uncertain futures, and those who bring us the most harm may be the nearest at hand.

In ten razor-sharp stories, National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates shows that the most deadly mysteries often begin at home.