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Published to overwhelming critical acclaim, this extraordinary collection of short stories established A. M. Homes as one of the most provocative 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 favorite doll; "Adults Alone," which first introduced Paul and Elaine, the crack-smoking yuppie couple whose marriage careens out of control in Homes's novel Music for Torching; and "Looking for Johnny," in which a kidnapped boy, having failed his abductor's expectations, is returned home.

Brilliantly conceived, 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.

About the Author

A.M. Homes is the author of the novels The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collection The Safety of Objects and the artist's book Appendix A. Her fiction has been translated into eight languages, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her fiction and nonfiction appear in magazines such as The New Yorker and Artforum, among others, and she is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Mirabella, Bomb, Blind Spot, and Story. She teaches in the writing programs at Columbia University and The New School and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Adults alone — Looking for Johnny — Chunky in heat — Jim Train — The bullet catcher — Yours truly — Esther in the night — Slumber party — The I of it — A real doll.

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suryakun, April 6, 2009 (view all comments by suryakun)
Brilliantly conceived, sharply etched, and exceptionally satisfying, these stories explore the American dream in ways you're not likely soon to forget.Homes offers an uncanny picture of a surreal suburbia-outrageous and utterly believable.


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aunt dracula, September 28, 2008 (view all comments by aunt dracula)
These stories are dark, and all the more disturbing because the characters are not absurd parodies. If you enjoy the work of Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Palindromes), this is a must-read. The characters are too close to being real people for you to condemn, but their actions may make you cringe more than once.
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C.M. Taylor, July 5, 2007 (view all comments by C.M. Taylor)
The stories in this collection feel frighteningly authentic, despite the absurdity of many of their premises. This is A.M. Homes' intelligent comment on the cultural cliche of what lurked just beneath the surface of middle-class suburban family life during the fifties and sixties--re-imagined for the present.
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Product Details

Homes, A. M.
Harper Collins
New York
Short Stories (single author)
Short stories
Psychological fiction
Fantasy fiction
Domestic fiction
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Movie tie-in ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
v. 6
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8.24x5.70x.51 in. .37 lbs.

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