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Publisher Comments:

I Am No One You Know contains nineteen startling stories that bear witness to the remarkably varied lives of Americans of our time. In "Fire," a troubled young wife discovers a rare, radiant happiness in an adulterous relationship. In "Curly Red," a girl makes a decision to reveal a family secret, and changes her life irrevocably. In "The Girl with the Blackened Eye," selected for The Best American Mystery Stories 2001, a girl pushed to an even greater extreme of courage and desperation manages to survive her abduction by a serial killer. And in "Three Girls," two adventuresome NYU undergraduates seal their secret love by following, and protecting, Marilyn Monroe in disguise at Strand Used Books on a snowy evening in 1956.

These vividly rendered portraits of women, men, and children testify to Oates's compassion for the mysterious and luminous resources of the human spirit.

Review:

"In Oates's precise psychological renderings, victims are as complex as villains and almost always more interesting....[E]ven the strangest events in this sure-footed collection are painfully familiar." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Her new searing short stories explore the malevolent aspects of human sexuality with unflinching authenticity and a cathartic fascination." Booklist

Review:

"More of the same, from the most frustratingly uneven writer in the business....[T]he usual disjointed gathering of carefully composed and inexplicably slipshod work....Vintage Oates — and very much an acquired taste." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Oates demonstrates her continued ability to create edgy stories that are still grounded in reality. She immerses the reader in disturbing dilemmas and then resolves them in unexpected ways." Library Journal

Review:

"Joyce Carol Oates has done it again. Her newest collection...contains all the typical elements of her previous fiction...and that deceivingly simple and matter-of-fact presentation that keeps many readers turning pages." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"[F]illed with stories that perfectly represent America's warped and undying fascination/repulsion with acts of violence and sex. In a single volume of stories of less than 300 pages, Oates says more about the human condition than most authors can communicate in a lifetime." Denver Post

Review:

"[Oates] explores the criminal mind with obvious fascination....These latest aren't exactly happy stories, but if they were, they wouldn't be so interesting." The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"These new stories...are so jaggedly open-ended, they give off an air of incompletion....[T]oo reminiscent of Oates' past work, with neo-Gothic filaments that are frayed from overuse." Miami Herald

Review:

"[Oates's] overreaching and kaleidoscopic talent embraces the American scene and its populace. The stories in this collection are a pastiche of the themes, style and versatility of subject that has marked her career as a writer." BookReporter

Synopsis:

Oates's new collection contains 19 startling stories that bear witness to the remarkably varied lives of Americans in our time.

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates, a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University. She lives in New Jersey. She was the 2003 recipient of the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and the 2003 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060592882
Subtitle:
Stories
Publisher:
Ecco
Author:
Oates, Joyce Carol
Location:
New York
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
April 13, 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6.125 x 1.01 in 19.6 oz

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Product details 304 pages Ecco - English 9780060592882 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In Oates's precise psychological renderings, victims are as complex as villains and almost always more interesting....[E]ven the strangest events in this sure-footed collection are painfully familiar."
"Review" by , "Her new searing short stories explore the malevolent aspects of human sexuality with unflinching authenticity and a cathartic fascination."
"Review" by , "More of the same, from the most frustratingly uneven writer in the business....[T]he usual disjointed gathering of carefully composed and inexplicably slipshod work....Vintage Oates — and very much an acquired taste."
"Review" by , "Oates demonstrates her continued ability to create edgy stories that are still grounded in reality. She immerses the reader in disturbing dilemmas and then resolves them in unexpected ways."
"Review" by , "Joyce Carol Oates has done it again. Her newest collection...contains all the typical elements of her previous fiction...and that deceivingly simple and matter-of-fact presentation that keeps many readers turning pages."
"Review" by , "[F]illed with stories that perfectly represent America's warped and undying fascination/repulsion with acts of violence and sex. In a single volume of stories of less than 300 pages, Oates says more about the human condition than most authors can communicate in a lifetime."
"Review" by , "[Oates] explores the criminal mind with obvious fascination....These latest aren't exactly happy stories, but if they were, they wouldn't be so interesting."
"Review" by , "These new stories...are so jaggedly open-ended, they give off an air of incompletion....[T]oo reminiscent of Oates' past work, with neo-Gothic filaments that are frayed from overuse."
"Review" by , "[Oates's] overreaching and kaleidoscopic talent embraces the American scene and its populace. The stories in this collection are a pastiche of the themes, style and versatility of subject that has marked her career as a writer."
"Synopsis" by , Oates's new collection contains 19 startling stories that bear witness to the remarkably varied lives of Americans in our time.
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