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Dear Husband, (2009)

by Joyce Carol Oates(Favorite Author)
3.49 of 5 Votes: 3
0061704318 (ISBN13: 9780061704314)
review 1: These stories were not boring for sure. And they even contained some good moments, and occasionally, even unique insights. So what's the problem? They are invariably over-sensationalized. The themes are exaggerated, and the events are often extreme in order to keep the reader engaged. If you excised the overly dramatic events from them, there would be nothing left; no subtle nuances to the characters, and no exceptional eye through which the events are narrated. The stories succeed at creating suspense, but the end of the day, it is hard to view this book as anything more than an entertaining read.
review 2: The only story I read from this book was the title story. It is based on Andrea Yates, the mother who drowned all her children because she suffered from p
... moreostpartum depression. It was written in the style of a letter from "Andrea" to her husband and it was just like you'd think the ramblings of a madwoman would read. As someone with a BA in psychology, I am very interested in the mind and mental disorders so it was interesting to me to imagine along with JCO what she was thinking after she committed these heinous murders. less
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For me, most of the stories were too real, too blunt, made me flinch too many times.
Collection of short stories that digs deep into human psyche.
Joyce Carol Oates sure is a bit of a downer.....
Several incomplete stories.
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