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Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong by Joyce Carol Oates

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Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong by Joyce Carol Oates

Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong by Joyce Carol Oates

This is my first Joyce Carol Oates and I knew to expect the unexpected.  And with a subtitle like this one I knew it would be dark.  I just wasn’t prepared for how dark!  These are delightfully creepy tales of; you guessed it, love gone wrong.  There really are no other words that work as well. 

Each tale describes another sort of twisted love.  The fourth wife of a famous, rich and powerful man meets the first wife and wonders what she has gotten herself into, and if she can get out of it safely.  An average looking girl meets a wonderfully attractive boy and first love blossoms, but things get twisted as he turns into a stalker.  One young man’s parents try to enact tough love and the love he returns is violent.  And the creepiest one of all, a young woman attempting to be intimate with her partner finally confesses to the abuse she suffered as a child and they devise a plan on how she might overcome her problems.

Let me repeat, these are dark.  Each story is read by a different reader so you become immediately immersed in each new tale.  The longest is only two discs (about two hours) long and the rest are one to one and a half discs each.  I would suggest that those searching for something different and that like being unnerved look here.
By | 2017-05-03T20:34:55+00:00 November 25th, 2013|SCLSNJ Recommended Reads|
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