DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense

DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense

by Joyce Carol Oates


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The latest collection from exquisite prose stylist Joyce Carol Oates focuses on the inner lives of vulnerable girls and women—some victimized, others provoked, by deep emotional unrest, to commit violence against others

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802128119
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 328,930
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of such national bestsellers as The Falls , Blonde , and We Were the Mulvaneys. Her other titles for the Mysterious Press include The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror , Jack of Spades , and The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares , which won the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Short Horror Fiction. She is the recipient of the National Book Award for them and the 2010 President’s Medal for the Humanities.


Princeton, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

June 16, 1938

Place of Birth:

Lockport, New York


B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961

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From “Dis mem ber”

At the bridge Rowan Billiet takes hold of my wrist to lead me down the steep path to the creek. His forefinger and thumb gripping my wrist hard enough to leave a red mark.

It is just a playful gesture, I am thinking. The way my grandfather runs his callused fingers through my hair and I am not supposed to flinch or whimper or cry for that will hurt Grandpa’s feelings.

Beneath the bridge there is a large dark rectangular shadow in the water that is the shadow of the bridge rippling like something alive and breathing. The shallow water near shore is heaped with rocks but also concrete rubble and rusted iron rods and it is here that Rowan pulls me toward to see something that looks at first like slow-bobbing clothes or rags or something woolly. Unless I shut my eyes (as Rowan would not allow me to do) there is nowhere else to look.

See? That’s something ain’t it, lookit the size of that.

Rowan makes a thin whistling sound. I don’t understand what I am seeing. My eyes blink and swell with moisture. And the strong smell of it, that comes up in hot wafts like heat from a vent in the floor, that makes me feel faint.

Table of Contents

Also by Joyce Carol Oates,
Title Page,
The Crawl Space,
The Drowned Girl,
The Situations,
Great Blue Heron,
Welcome to Friendly Skies!,
Back Cover,

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DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Dis Mem Ber by Joyce Carol Oates is a highly recommended collection of seven dark, carefully crafted short stories. Contents: Dis mem ber: Eleven year-old Jill is captivated but a little frightened of Rowan Billiet, an older relative. The Crawl Space: A widow keeps driving by the house she lived in for over two decades. Heartbreak: The rivalry between two sisters intensifies when an attractive male step-cousin visits. The Drowned Girl: A university student becomes increasingly obsessed with the drowning of another girl. The Situations: A father cruelly shows his children that he is the one in charge. Great Blue Heron: A recent widow recalls watching a Great Blue Heron with her husband and begins to identify with the bird. Welcome to Friendly Skies!: "Welcome aboard our North American Airways Boeing 878 Classic Aircraft! This is North American Airways Flight 443 to Amchitka, Alaska - Birdwatchers and Environmental Activists Special!" All of the writing is superb in this collection of stories published in 2016. While I tentatively agree that there could have been more stories added to this collection, I liked the theme these stories presented, with the last story being an exception. Each of the other six stories had a psychologically vulnerable female protagonist. Each of the women (or girls) had an obsession that would result in some unexpected action, or is the result of a precarious situation. They are all in some kind of danger. The last story adds a comedic touch that also takes a dark turn. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of The Mysterious Press.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
This is a selection short stories by Joyce Carol Oates. Some are disturbing, some are just plain scary. All have to do with the unknown ... These are the ones I found most memorable ..... DIS MEM BER --- What happens when a young girl brushes elbows with a serial killer THE CRAWL SPACE --- When her husband dies, she begins visiting the home they once shared. The new tenants invite her in ... they had found some boxes in the crawl space that belong to her or to her late husband. What she finds in the crawl space is not what she expected. THE DROWNED GIRL --- A new university student obsesses over the horrible death of another student Other Stories: Heartbreak - The Situations - Great Blue Heron - Welcome To The Friendly Skies These are very short stories , well-written, guaranteed to make you shudder in the middle of the night. Many thanks to the author / Grove Atlantic / Mysterious Press / Netgalley for the uncorrected advance proof of DIS MEM BER. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.