Ladies and Gentlemen

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Random House, Jan 5, 2012 - Fiction - 256 pages
7 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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Short story collections where everyone ends up miserable please me to no end. While a few of the stories were pretty predictable (Futures, especially) I didn't really mind knowing where he was going ... Read full review

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Short story collections where everyone ends up miserable please me to no end. While a few of the stories were pretty predictable (Futures, especially) I didn't really mind knowing where he was going ... 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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