Ladies and Gentlemen

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Random House, Jan 5, 2012 - Fiction - 256 pages
26 Reviews

A hotshot young lawyer, burdened by years of guilt and resentment, comes to the aid of his irresponsible kid brother, only to realise he's a pawn in a treacherous scheme. A lonely professor, frequently regaled with outrageous tales by the office handyman, suddenly fears he's being asked to abet a murderous fugitive. A man down on his luck closes in on a mysterious job offer while doing a good turn for his fragile neighbour, but his efforts backfire in a terrifically surreal - and hilarious - manner. Four college kids goad each other on in a series of escalating dares, culminating in a result as ambiguous as it is tragic. An enterprising adolescence uses his brief career as a child actor to fulfil the crush he has on a friend's seemingly untouchable older sister.

Laced throughout with glimmers of redemption and a refreshing combination of warmth and cynicism, these noirish narratives have a youthful energy that belies their hard-won wisdom, and together they showcase one of our most outstanding new writers.

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

I really like how Adam Ross writes, which lets me forgive when his collection doesn't tread new ground. I was interested and engaged throughout the book, which is really rare especially for a ... Read full review

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User Review  - William - Goodreads

The strength of this collection of seven stories is in their variety and some snappy dialogue. But that was not enough to get me past the sadness in most of the relationships which appear in the ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Adam Ross was born in New York and studied writing with William Gass and Stanley Elkin. He worked as a journalist and teacher but now writes full-time and lives with his wife and two daughters in Nashville, Tennessee. His first novel, Mr. Peanut, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2010.

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