Evil eye : four novellas of love gone wrong / Joyce Carol Oates.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: In "Evil Eye," we meet Mariana, the young fourth wife of a prominent intellectual. When her husband's brazen first wife visits one night, Mariana learns a terrible secret that could be a harbinger of doom for her marriage and very soul. In "So Near, Anytime, Always," shy teenager Lizbeth meets Desmond, a charming boy who offers this introverted girl the first sparks of young romance. Yet just as their relationship begins to blossom, Lizbeth realizes that beneath Desmond's perfect facade lies a dark soul that could wreak havoc on Lizbeth and her loved ones. In "The Execution," spoiled college student Bart Hansen has planned the perfect, brutal crime to get back at his parents for their years of condescension. Yet what he didn't plan for is a mother whose love is more resilient than he could have ever imagined, who threatens to derail his carefully laid-out plans. And in "The Flat-Bed," childhood trauma has prevented Cecelia from enjoying the pleasures of physical intimacy with a man, but when she finally meets the love of her life, Cecelia realizes that finding intimacy will mean coming face-to-face with the despicable man from her past who robbed her of her innocence years ago.--From publisher's description.
    • Content Notes:
      Evil eye -- So near anytime always -- The execution -- The flatbed.
    • Notes:
      1
    • ISBN:
      0802122884
      9780802122889
      9780802120472
      0802120474
    • Accession Number:
      2016438379
    • Accession Number:
      894538460
    • Accession Number:
      lcc.184752
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    • ABNT:
      OATES, J. C. Evil eye : four novellas of love gone wrong. [s.l.] : The Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc., 2013. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 12 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Oates JC. Evil Eye : Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong. The Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc.; 2013. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184752&custid=s6224580. Accessed November 12, 2019.
    • APA:
      Oates, J. C. (2013). Evil eye : four novellas of love gone wrong. The Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184752&custid=s6224580
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Oates, Joyce Carol. 2013. Evil Eye : Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong. The Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184752&custid=s6224580.
    • Harvard:
      Oates, J. C. (2013) Evil eye : four novellas of love gone wrong. The Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184752&custid=s6224580 (Accessed: 12 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Oates, JC 2013, Evil eye : four novellas of love gone wrong, The Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc., viewed 12 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Oates, Joyce Carol. Evil Eye : Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong. The Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc., 2013. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184752&custid=s6224580.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Oates, Joyce Carol. Evil Eye : Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong. The Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc., 2013. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184752&custid=s6224580.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Oates JC. Evil eye : four novellas of love gone wrong [Internet]. The Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc.; 2013 [cited 2019 Nov 12]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.184752&custid=s6224580

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2013 June #1

Oates adds to her treasury of diabolical tales (The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, 2011; Black Dahlia & White Rose, 2012) a quartet of shrewd and unnerving novellas about toxic entanglements. In the stylishly gothic title story, the legendary director of a performing arts institute swoops in and makes a much younger researcher shattered by the deaths of her parents his fourth wife, installing her in his fastidiously appointed showcase house, where her inchoate fears about his soul-freezing temper crystallize upon meeting his disfigured first wife. Oates has a superbly disconcerting gift for orchestrating slowly coalescing realizations that something is horribly wrong, as in 16-year-old Lizbeth's reluctant recognition that her polite, Polaroid-snapping boyfriend may, in fact, be dangerous. In other subtly sinister, adeptly paced scenarios, a failing frat boy high on Ritalin and video-game fantasies turns murderous, and a frigid young woman identifies her childhood abuser. Oates' deft tales of vulnerable women with surprisingly deep reservoirs of strength and a capacity for revenge are infused with wry and knowing commentary on the battle between the sexes, the justice system, and the consequences of entitlement. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Readers are always ready for new dark tales by best-selling Oates, and this potent volume will gain added visibility given all the attention surrounding her latest novel, The Accursed. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2013 October #1

In the most recent offering by the preeminent Oates (The Falls) are exquisite portrayals of young, vulnerable people who are preyed upon by one another, who sometimes succumb to the burden of memory and present-day events, and who sometimes achieve victory in working through "love gone wrong." The collection's opening novella, "Evil Eye," depicts Mariana, the fourth wife of a very demanding, wealthy man. When the first wife comes to visit, Mariana hears whispers of what happened to the woman's infant son from that first marriage. Mariana is unable to cope with this news, and her world is completely shattered. In "So Near, Anytime, Always," Lizbeth, an awkward, lonely girl, is initially flattered by handsome Desmond's attentions. When he turns to stalking and otherwise threatening her and when she finds out what happened to his younger sibling, Lizbeth tries to break off the relationship—with dire consequences for Desmond. "The Execution" is a nerve-racking page-turner characterizing young college student Bart, who has been continually bullied by his wealthy father. "The Flatbed," the last tale, deals with childhood sexual abuse and healing still raw memories. VERDICT These powerful, suspenseful novellas can easily keep readers awake at night and perhaps should be read in bright daylight. Highly recommended.—Lisa Rohrbaugh, Leetonia Community P.L., OH

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PW Reviews 2013 July #3

These four exquisitely suspenseful novellas from Oates (The Accursed) offer sharp characterizations, whether it be the naïve and romantic 16-year-old Lizbeth Marsh; the deeply spoiled, deeply disturbed Bart Hansen; or Mariana Mohr, the fourth wife of an accomplished intellectual. The last named is in the title story, which is by far the volume's strongest. The eye in question is both a beautiful glass nazar—a valuable talisman that's in Austin Mohr's art collection—and the missing eye of his diminutive, mesmerizing first wife who comes to visit. In "The Execution," Bart Hansen's plan to murder his parents is as inadequate as his father believed all his plans were. "So Near Anytime Always" has a surprise ending to the relationship of Lizbeth Marsh and the unfathomable Desmond Parrish. The relationships between the damaged, sometimes monstrous individuals who people these pages will keep the reader riveted. Agent: Warren Frazier, John Hawkins & Associates. (Sept.)

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