The Safety of Objects

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Penguin, 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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User Review  - DanielAlgara - LibraryThing

It's was tough to get what I didn't like about this work into a single word or phrase, but eventually, after a story called The Bullet Catcher, I decided on "Passionless". And that's the way Ms. Homes ... Read full review

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User Review  - RandyMetcalfe - LibraryThing

The protagonists in A.M. Homes’ stories are nearly all slightly askew. Their situations are neat and orderly — a couple’s staycation whilst their children holiday with their grandmother; sunbathing ... Read full review

Contents

Adults Alone
1
Looking for Johnny
23
Chunky in Heat
45
The Bullet Catcher
77
Yours Truly
101
Slumber Party
121
of It
141
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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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