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The Assignation: Stories (Perennial Fictional Library) (original 1988; edition 1989)

by Joyce Carol Oates (Author)

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A woman's lover seems not to recognize her on the street. A teenage girl accepts a ride from a stranger in a rust-speckled Cadillac. An old man is obsessed by the memory of his innocent childhood intrusion on a half-dressed aunt.In forty-four very short, very powerful stories, Joyce Carol Oates fashions brief, intensely compact dramas out of the unwieldy material of human experience. The stories in The Assignation are infused with a "radiant intensity," wrote James Atlas in the New York Times Book Review, and they convey the depth and scope of a novel in a few charged pages. The Assignation is an electric display of the talents that make Joyce Carol Oates one of our finest short story writers.… (more)
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Title:The Assignation: Stories (Perennial Fictional Library)
Authors:Joyce Carol Oates (Author)
Info:Harpercollins (1989), Edition: Reprint, 195 pages
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I could drown in Joyce Carol Oates writing, and The Assignation is no exception. It's hard to rate a collection of stories because inevitably some strike a louder chord than others. Based on the lingering chills from Shelter and Visitation Rights, the book is absolutely five stars.

Every single story evoked some form of yearning, melancholy, anxiety, fear, beauty, loss, or obsession. Brilliant. ( )
  CathrynGrant | Nov 21, 2014 |
An excellent collection of very short stories. Also a great starter book if you don't know where to start with Oates' vast collection of novels, short story collections, and essays. ( )
  bookmagic | Mar 22, 2014 |
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It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.
--Italo Calvino "Invisible Cities"
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for Russell Banks
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They are sitting at opposite ends of the old horsehair sofa waiting for something to happen.
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A woman's lover seems not to recognize her on the street. A teenage girl accepts a ride from a stranger in a rust-speckled Cadillac. An old man is obsessed by the memory of his innocent childhood intrusion on a half-dressed aunt.In forty-four very short, very powerful stories, Joyce Carol Oates fashions brief, intensely compact dramas out of the unwieldy material of human experience. The stories in The Assignation are infused with a "radiant intensity," wrote James Atlas in the New York Times Book Review, and they convey the depth and scope of a novel in a few charged pages. The Assignation is an electric display of the talents that make Joyce Carol Oates one of our finest short story writers.

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