The Safety of Objects

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Jan 29, 2013 - Fiction - 171 pages
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The breakthrough story collection that established A. M. Homes as one of the most daring writers of her generation   Originally published in 1990 to wide critical acclaim, this extraordinary first collection of stories by A. M. Homes confronts the real and the surreal on even terms to create a disturbing and sometimes hilarious vision of the American dream. Included here are "Adults Alone," in which a couple drops their kids off at Grandma's and gives themselves over to ten days of Nintendo, porn videos, and crack; "A Real Doll," in which a girl's blond Barbie doll seduces her teenaged brother; and "Looking for Johnny," in which a kidnapped boy, having failed to meet his abductor's expectations, is returned home. These stories, by turns satirical, perverse, unsettling, and utterly believable, expose the dangers of ordinary life even as their characters stay hidden behind the disguises they have so carefully created.

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Great dark humor, great prose, moving stories. - Goodreads
I also had a problem with many of the endings. - Goodreads
I absolutely love AM Homes's writing. - Goodreads
some very good writing here. - Goodreads
As far as writing goes, however, she's amazing. - Goodreads
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing. - Goodreads

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Strange happenings here, especially the story "A Real Doll" that involves Ken & Barbie. Read full review

About the author (2013)

A. M. Homes is the author of the memoir The Mistress's Daughter and the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack. She has published fiction and essays in the New Yorker, Granta, Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, One Story, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair, where she is a contributing editor. She lives in New York City.

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