Short Story #265: Heat by Joyce Carol Oates
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
ReflectionOates weaves past and present so well together. The chronology all fits together but is not clearly delivered which is making the story more engaging. More importantly, she takes straightforward story of two girls murdered by someone who may not have even understood what he did and uses it to explore adolescence, friendship, the relationships among adults and children, and of community, all interwoven into some fantastic lines. Even moreso, we have this narrator who relates the tale with intimate details that make one wonder who and what she did or didn't do. She seems to faun over the twins and yet, there is a tint of anger and resentment in her tone. She seems to have intimate details of the events though no one else does.
Short Story #265 out of 365
Rating: 3 (out of 5 stars)
Date Read: 8/1/2014
Source: The short story can be found at this website.
For a full listing of all the short stories in this series, check out the category 365 Short Stories a year.
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