Helping Hands, published here for the first time, begins with an apparently optimistic line: “He came into her life when it had seemed to her that her life was finished.” A lonely woman meets a man in the unlikely clutter of a dingy charity shop and extends friendliness, which soon turns to quiet and unacknowledged desire. With the mind-set of a victim, struggling to overcome her shyness and fears, she has no idea what kinds of doors she may be opening.
The powerful stories in this extraordinary collection further enhance Joyce Carol Oates’s standing as one of the world’s greatest writers of suspense.
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By Michael on 03-07-12
What made the experience of listening to The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares the most enjoyable?
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes. The pacing is remarkable, which JCO manages through point of view. Nobody gets deeper into character and motivations than Joyce Carol Oates.
Have you listened to any of Adam Verner and Christine Williams ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
If you could rename The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, what would you call it?
If You Have a Twin, Run!
Any additional comments?
I've been a fan of JCO for many years. This is a strong collection, but not her best. I'm still always floored by her gift for incident and apt words. As always you have to piece together the story--she doesn't spoonfeed you. You understand the story only after it's done, because she's so close to point of view. The characters stumble and grope. It's like life.
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