Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories

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Hawthorne Books, Dec 13, 2013 - Fiction - 220 pages
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WINNER OF THE H.L. DAVIS AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION at the 2004 Oregon Book Awards and GLCA's 2005 New Writers Award, Scott Nadelson’s 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, Daniel’s 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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

Title Page
With Eguals Alone
Anything You Need
Young Radicals
Why Not?
Hannah of Troy
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Scott Nadelson lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches writing at the Art Institute of Portland and as part of the Writers in the Schools program. His fiction has appeared in American Literary Review, Carve Magazine and The Best of Carve, Vol. 3. Saving Stanley is his first published collection.

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