By Joyce Carol Oates
I Am not anyone You Know includes nineteen startling tales that endure witness to the remarkably various lives of american citizens of our time. In "Fire," a afflicted younger spouse discovers a unprecedented, radiant happiness in an adulterous courting. In "Curly Red," a lady comes to a decision to bare a relatives mystery, and adjustments her lifestyles irrevocably. In "The lady with the Blackened Eye," chosen for the easiest American secret tales 2001, a woman driven to a fair larger severe of braveness and desperation manages to outlive her abduction by means of a serial killer. And in "Three Girls," adventuresome NYU undergraduates seal their mystery love by way of following, and maintaining, Marilyn Monroe in hide at Strand Used Books on a snowy night in 1956.
These vividly rendered graphics of ladies, males, and youngsters testify to Oates's compassion for the mysterious and luminous assets of the human spirit.