Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense
Joyce Carol Oates
Paperback $29.99 - Head of Zeus
Fiction - Published: 2/Jul/2018 - ISBN: 9781788543699
This taut collection stands at the crossroads of sex, violence, and longing - and asks us to interrogate the intersection of these impulses within ourselves. Six feverishly unsettling works.
A woman, naked except for her high-heeled shoes, seated in front of the window in an apartment she cannot afford. In this exquisitely tense narrative reimagining of Edward Hopper's Eleven A.M., 1926 , the reader enters the minds of both the woman and her married lover, each consumed by alternating thoughts of disgust and arousal, as he rushes, amorously, murderously, to her door. In 'The Long-Legged Girl,' an ageing, jealous wife crafts an unusual game of Russian roulette involving a pair of Wedgwood teacups, a strong Bengal brew, and a lethal concoction of medicine. Who will drink from the wrong cup, the wife or the dance student she believes to be her husband's latest conquest? Reveling in the uncanny, this taut collection stands at the crossroads of sex, violence, and longing - and asks us to interrogate the intersection of these impulses within ourselves.
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