The Wheel of Love and Other Stories

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The Wheel of Love and Other Stories is the third short story collection by Joyce Carol Oates. It was published in 1970 by Vanguard Press.[1][2]

While the book itself is out of print, several of the stories—"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", "Unmailed, Unwritten Letters", "In the Region of Ice", and "Wild Saturday"—have been included in other collections and anthologies. It was a finalist for the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.


  • "Accomplished Desires"
  • "Assailant"
  • "Bodies"
  • "Boy and Girl"
  • "Convalescing"
  • "Demons"
  • "Four Summers"
  • "Heavy Sorrow of the Body"
  • "How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Correction and Began My Life Over Again"
  • "Interior Monologue"
  • "In the Region of Ice"
  • "I Was in Love"
  • "Matter and Energy"
  • "Shame"
  • "Unmailed, Unwritten Letters"
  • "What Is the Connection Between Man and Woman?"
  • "Wheel of Love"
  • "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
  • "Wild Saturday"
  • "You"


  1. ^ "On the Rack". Time. October 26, 1970. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  2. ^ Champion, Laurie (2002). Contemporary American Women Fiction Writers: An A-to-Z Guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 269. ISBN 9780313316272. 
  3. ^ "The Wheel of Love, and Other Stories". Falvey Memorial Library. Villanova University.