Monday, August 28, 2006

Book #31 - I Am No One You Know: Stories

by Joyce Carol Oates

My Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Oates is definitely not for those wanting happy stories with tidy endings and you could certainly never accuse her of shying away from grim topics. The stories in this collection are, for the most part, very dark and disturbing. And while some of the stories were rather difficult to read, they were ultimately thought-provoking and poignant.

"I Am No One You Know is filled 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

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