Vanilla Bright Like Eminem: Stories

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Fiction - 246 pages
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Michel Faber is not only a master storyteller but a daring innovator as well. Here are the pitch-perfect prose, indelible characterizations, and deep empathy for which he has been highly acclaimed. Here also is a satirical streak that depicts individuals at uncanny and all-too-familiar turning points in their lives. The alienated find sanctuary in "The Safehouse," their histories and diagnoses written like endless ads on their T-shirts. In "Andy Comes Back," a man awakensafter a five-year coma, only to flee his home. In "The Eyes of the Soul," perpetual televised beauty replaces the derelict view from a suburban picture window. In "Finesse," a dictator holds his surgeon's family hostage to the outcome of a risky operation. These sixteen stories move from unspeakable sadness through moments of exquisitely distilled happiness.

 

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User Review  - Justjenniferreading - LibraryThing

I'll admit that I only picked the book up because of the title, but the reviews I've read were decent so I had high expectations. The stories has the potential to be very good however I felt that the ... Read full review

Vanilla bright like Eminem: stories

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With these often surreal stories, Faber makes a vast departure from his best-selling historical fiction,The Crimson Petal and the White , and his more down-to-earth story collection,The Courage ... Read full review

Contents

The Safehouse i
21
The Eyes of the Soul
37
Explaining Coconuts
61
Finesse
77
Flesh Remains Flesh
97
Less than Perfect
111
A Hole with Two Ends
127
All Black
153
Mouse
171
Someone to Kiss It Better
193
Beyond Pain
209
Tabitha Warren
227
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About the author (2005)

Michel Faber's work has been published in twenty countries and received several literary awards. He lives in Scotland.

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