Saturday, June 17, 2017
Review: Dis Mem Ber
Title: Dis Mem Ber
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Short Stories/Psychological/Gothic/Suspense
Recommended If You Like: dark and twisty, stories exploring the psychology of women, short stories that pack a punch
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.
In this collection of seven short stories, Oates explores the darker side of human nature, through the psychological lens of various women protagonists and narrators.
What I Liked:
I always enjoy Oates' short story collections. Her stories always have an eerie edge to them, frequently verging on gothic or even supernatural horror. She draws inspiration from everywhere, big and small-from a girl looking back on the car rides with her uncle, to tales surrounding widows, to a story based on the true tale of Elisa Lam.
Anything I Didn't Like:
It's not something I don't like, it's more just a heads up, that Oates stories don't frequently have a resolution nicely tied up in a bow. She leaves her readers' imaginations working, which actually makes the stories scarier.
I definitely recommend this short story collection, but it is not for everyone. These stories are dark, and twisted, and scary.