Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories
ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited, 2011 - 328 pages
Winner of the H.L. Davis Award for Short Fiction at the 2004 Oregon Book Awards and GLCA's 2005 New Writers Award, Scott Nadelsons interrelated short stories are graceful, vivid narratives that bring into sudden focus the spirit and the stubborn resilience of the Brickmans, a Jewish family of four living in suburban New Jersey. The central character, Daniel Brickman, forges obstinately through his own plots and desires as he struggles to balance his sense of identity with his longing to gain acceptance from his family and peers. In Kosher, Daniels disdain for his parents values and lifestyle, for their materialism and need for security, leads him to take a job as a telemarketer for the Robowski Fund for the Disabled, a charity benefiting two people only: Daniel and Helen Robowski. And in Young Radicals, Daniel gathers research for a thesis on early Soviet history by interviewing his grandfather, now a retiree in Florida, who painted factories and sang Communist work songs in 1920s Leningrad before immigrating to America. This fierce collection provides an unblinking examination of family life and the human instinct for attachment.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TimBazzett - LibraryThing
Scott Nadelson's SAVING STANLEY is, hands down, one of the best damn books I have read in a long time, and I read a lot of books, many of them VERY good. This one, though, well, it was a pure joy to ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - suesbooks - LibraryThing
I liked the writing and depiction of characters. He is clever and quite perceptive and knows how much detail to present. I cared and felt I knew the characters. Read full review