The Safety of Objects

The Safety of Objects

Book - 1990
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Published to overwhelming critical acclaim, this remarkable collection of short stories established A.M. Homes as one of the most provacative and daring writers of her generation.Here you'll find the cult classic. "A Real Doll, " the tale of a teenage boy's erotic obsession with his sister's Barbie doll; "Adults Alone, " which first introduced Paul and Elaine, the crack-smoking yuppie couple whose marriage careens out of control in Home's novel "Music for Torching; " and "Looking for Johnny, " in which a kidnapped boy, having failed his abductors expectations, is returned home.Brilliantly concieved, sharply etched, and exceptionally satisfying, these stories explore the American dream in ways you're not likely soon to forget. Working in Kodacolor hues, Homes offers an uncanny picture of a surreal suburbia -- outrageous and utterly believable.
Publisher: New York : Norton, [1990]
ISBN: 9780393028843
Branch Call Number: FICTION Homes
Characteristics: 173 p


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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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