Monday, May 18, 2015

High Lonesome: New and Selected Stories 1966-2006

By Joyce Carol Oates

A huge collection of stories, arranged mostly chronically. I liked the newer ones best. The collection starts with the newest ones, and the first three left tremendous impression on me. But I found the older ones too obsessed with rape and murder, which was quite disturbing. Some stories seemed to go on and on forever and never end (My Warszawa: 1980). Then there are some from the 1990's with a quality similar to that of the first three stories, which impressed me so much. [662 pp.]

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Feast of Love

By Charles Baxter

Multiple stories about love, or the feast it could become. Often funny, sometimes sad, usually fascinating. There are some great word combinations, especially when Chloé tells her stories, though not only. [308 pp.]

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