The Safety of Objects

The Safety of Objects

eBook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9781101590416
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
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Sep 01, 2014

This collection is dark but intriguing. The first story, about a suburban couple that decides to smoke crack while their children are away was the first piece of Homes' that caught my eye. Yes there are some in this book that are a bit uncomfortable and slightly pornographic, but it's still worth the read for the gems in here.

Dec 07, 2013

The literary equivalent of the films Todd Solondz and Neil LaBute made in the 90s: ugly, unpleasant, drab. In one story, a dude gets it on with a Barbie doll. Sick man!

dotdeangelo Feb 10, 2012

Was never a fan of the short stories until this books.

Nov 01, 2009

A good, solid 3-star collection bracketed by two absolute 5-star stories: "Adults Alone" and "A Real Doll." Definitely hit those two.


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