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Michel Faber is that rarest of writers: a virtuoso who can move effortlessly from the futurist novel to the historical epic to the contemporary short story. In this, his second collection of stories, he levels his gaze at humanity in all its despair, it madness, its hope. Renown for its pitch-perfect prose, Fabers work is fearlesslessly inventive, slyly satirical, and utterly spellbinding.

These 16 stories depict individuals at turning points in their lives, places often uncanny but always profoundly human. Whether his story features a taxidermist who ends up making an exhibit of himself, a group of sex-crazed executives in Indonesia, or a dictator holding a surgeons family hostage to the outcome of a risky operation, Faber creates characters with exquisite empathy. In The Safehouse the terminally alienated go to live out their lives, forsaking all contact with the outside world, their histories and diagnoses written like endless ads of their T Shirts. In The Eyes of the Soul a woman purchases perpetual televised beauty to replace the derelict view from her suburban picture window. In the title story, a man experiences a distilled moment of perfect happiness with his rebellious teenage son.

Faber is consistently one of our most interesting, daring, and accomplished writers.

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In these seventeen daring and inventive stories, bestselling author Michel Faber flirts with a variety of characters and settings. At turns humorous and darkly hopeful, all feature breaking points in characters lives, in which they experience emotions that are often foreign to them.

In the title story, 'Vanilla Bright Like Eminem," a seemingly uneventful family train ride down through the Scottish Highlands to Inverness also happens to the moment of purest joy in a fathers life. In "Flesh Made of Flesh," a Victorian industrialist with a fascination for taxidermy sets out to literally stuff members of the lower orders and ends up making an exhibit of himself. In "Mouse," a young computer geek is forced to come out hiding and interact with the girl from downstairs, who turns out to be equally obsessed with a New Age religion. In "Fitness," a dictator must trust his life to the woman doctor whose husband and children he has imprisoned. In "The Smallness of Action," a distressed mother "breaks" her baby in increasingly more severe ways, while her husband remains oblivious. In "Explaining Coconuts," a woman erotically demonstrates the benefits of the coconut for an audience of clammy executives. In "Serious Swimmers," a young mother recovering from heroin addiction takes her son on a supervised outing to the local swimming pool.

From cybergeek to dictator, young child to 19th-century industrialist, the stories in VANILLA BRIGHT LIKE EMINEM all touch on the most basic of human emotion in settings that are both fantastic and mundane. Insightful, wise, and always entertaining, this is a book by a writer at the height of his powers.

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The bestselling author of "The Crimson Petal and the White" presents this collection of 16 stories that move from unspeakable sadness to moments of exquisitely distilled happiness.

Synopsis:

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 awakens after 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.

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Contents

The Safehouse 1

Andy Comes Back 27

The Eyes of the Soul 37

Serious Swimmers 49

Explaining Coconuts 61

Finesse 77

Flesh Remains Flesh 97

Less than Perfect 111

A Hole with Two Ends 127

The Smallness of the Action 139

All Black 153

Mouse 171

Someone to Kiss It Better 193

Beyond Pain 209

Tabitha Warren 227

Vanilla Bright like Eminem 239

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Jennmarie68, March 11, 2010 (view all comments by Jennmarie68)
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 execution of the stories was poor.

I understand that these are just short stories, and they are supposed to be an insight into human emotion, but I just got more disappointed the further into the book that I got. The first story made no sense to me and the rest of the stories didn't get much better. There were one or two stories that were good, but still the abrupt endings were disappointing to me.

I kept reading this book hopping that it would get better, but it just didn't. I don't think it was a horrible book, but I definitely didn't like it. I may pick up another of Faber's books because like I said I thought many of the stories had very good potential, so I think that if he were to finish the stories that they would have been at the very least good. I liked his writing style, and his stories were not what I would consider status quo, which made the basis of the stories good. I just wish there had been more to this book.
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ISBN:
9780151013142
Author:
Faber, Michel
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author) <p>The Safehouse<BR> &#160;<BR> I<BR> &#160;<BR> I wake up, blinking hard against the sky, and the first thing I remember is that my wife cannot forgive me. Never, ever.<BR> &#160;<BR> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#16
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070910
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
256
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8.25 x 5.5 in 0.9 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
In these seventeen daring and inventive stories, bestselling author Michel Faber flirts with a variety of characters and settings. At turns humorous and darkly hopeful, all feature breaking points in characters lives, in which they experience emotions that are often foreign to them.

In the title story, 'Vanilla Bright Like Eminem," a seemingly uneventful family train ride down through the Scottish Highlands to Inverness also happens to the moment of purest joy in a fathers life. In "Flesh Made of Flesh," a Victorian industrialist with a fascination for taxidermy sets out to literally stuff members of the lower orders and ends up making an exhibit of himself. In "Mouse," a young computer geek is forced to come out hiding and interact with the girl from downstairs, who turns out to be equally obsessed with a New Age religion. In "Fitness," a dictator must trust his life to the woman doctor whose husband and children he has imprisoned. In "The Smallness of Action," a distressed mother "breaks" her baby in increasingly more severe ways, while her husband remains oblivious. In "Explaining Coconuts," a woman erotically demonstrates the benefits of the coconut for an audience of clammy executives. In "Serious Swimmers," a young mother recovering from heroin addiction takes her son on a supervised outing to the local swimming pool.

From cybergeek to dictator, young child to 19th-century industrialist, the stories in VANILLA BRIGHT LIKE EMINEM all touch on the most basic of human emotion in settings that are both fantastic and mundane. Insightful, wise, and always entertaining, this is a book by a writer at the height of his powers.

"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of "The Crimson Petal and the White" presents this collection of 16 stories that move from unspeakable sadness to moments of exquisitely distilled happiness.
"Synopsis" by ,

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 awakens after 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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