Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories

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Hawthorne Books, 2004 - Fiction - 212 pages
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"The tortuous knots of Scott Nadelson's Brickman family make my toes curl and my breath quicken. Equally powerful with narrative and dialogue, he is a writer in full possession of both his material and his craft."-Susan Thames, "I'll be Home Late Tonight"

"Scott Nadelson playfully introduces us to a fascinating family of characters with sharp and entertaining psychological observations in gracefully beautiful language, reminiscent of a young Updike. I wish I could write such sentences. There is a lot of eros and humor here-a perfectly enjoyable book."-Josip Novakovich, "Stories of the Stepmother Tongue"

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 emigrating to America. This fierce collection provides a graceful telling of the loneliness people carry with them and an unblinking examination of family life.

Scott Nadelson lives inPortland, Oregon, where he teaches writing at the Art Institute of Portland. 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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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

Saving Stanley
15
With Equals Alone
51
Mr Mervin
81
Kosher
99
Anything You Need
125
Young Radicals
141
Why Not?
167
Hannah of Troy
189
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SCOTT NADELSON is the author of Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories, winner of the Oregon Book Award for short fiction and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. He teaches at Willamette University.

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