It is truly thrilling for a short story lover to be aware of
Joyce Carol Oates and her ability to write the perfect short story.
Contained in this amazing collection is 14 of them. Most
importantly, she propels the reader into a blissful state, lost
completely in the characters, dialogue and world of her storylines.
Many of these tales possess themes of leaving a family or family
The first story, “Panic,” is both frightening and
heart-rending. It starts with the simplest of opening lines:
“He knows this fact: It was a school bus.” You will be
hooked by the end of the first pa