The title for the latest set of tales by Joyce Carol Oates should serve as a warning label to potential readers. “Evil Eye” is a collection of dark novellas, each depicting an example of “love gone wrong” – horribly wrong. While each novella is accurately described as a love story, the forms of love between Oates’ characters venture into the realm of gothic horror, mingling the genres of sweet and scary until the tales resemble something like real, messy life.
A young woman mourning the recent loss of both parents in a fatal car accident enters into a marriage of convenience and, she hopes, salvation. Marianna is our first protagonist in the title story “Evil Eye.” She has fallen in love with a renowned arts and humanities professor who seems to be attracted to broken women who are “missing a part of their souls.”
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