Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2011: "Boys can't stay mad at each other about girls for too long. That's a job for men." Adam Ross's new collection of short stories, Ladies and Gentlemen, is filled with moments of such prickly poignancy, headshaking disbelief, and melancholic side glances. Ross, the author of last year's Mr. Peanut, has nearly perfected this thoughtful style of prose with a punch. The title story, about a woman contemplating an affair with a college crush, has an air of overwrought introspection, but ends with a surprisingly heartening notion of marriage. "Futures" follows a downtrodden middle-aged man as he searches for a job and mentors a young neighbor in whom he sees a younger version of himself, ending in a horrifying, if hilarious, job interview. In "When in Rome," a story of two brothers--one perfect, one not so much--Ross describes the vast expanse that can exist between siblings, as "a birthright that's as strong and arbitrary and ineluctable as love," and one realizes that this could illustrate Ross's feelings on life itself: "Because we feel we must honor this accident of our relatedness, we try to swim against it again and again." Each story a completely singular vignette, Ladies and Gentlemen is a darkly pleasurable read. --Alexandra Foster
Mostly, it seems like the author decides "Well, that story is long enough. Done!"
Mr. Ross's clever dialogue and powerfully descriptive narrative immediately draws you into each tale and keeps you engaged throughout.
Read and loved "Mr. Peanut," and this follow-up collection of short stories did not disappoint.
Some very interesting short stories in here. Some of these could've gone on longer. I totally wanted the stories to be extended. Good read.Published 6 months ago by Jazzy Jade
Read and loved "Mr. Peanut," and this follow-up collection of short stories did not disappoint. Ladies and gentlemen, we have another winner.Published on October 18, 2012 by Anastasia Beaverhausen
I normally don't care too much for short stories but I loved Adam Ross's Mr. Peanut so much that I had to pick up his collection of short stories. Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by Rachel McElhany
Adam Ross is a writer I am watching. Adam Ross'Mr. Peanut [Hardcover](2010) is a great debut novel, one of creativity and complexity that hooked me at once. Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by C Wahlman
Clever dialogue and descriptive storytelling immediately draw you in. The characters are richly developed, relatable and compelling. Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by mhcv
I have not read Adam Ross' 2010 novel called Mr. Peanut, but after experiencing his strong new book of short stories, I bought the novel. Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by William Merrill
If the stories in Adam Ross's "Ladies and Gentlemen" have a unifying theme, it is the need we all experience for others and the pain those others cause us when they prove unworthy... Read morePublished on December 24, 2011 by H. F. Gibbard
Adam Ross' short story collection `Ladies and Gentlemen' is a tough book for me to sum up. It contains seven short stories, each rich and realistic. Read morePublished on December 7, 2011 by John Lemut
"Ladies and Gentlemen" by author Adam Ross is an eclectric collection of short stories about the human condition, told with wit, pathos, humor, and cynicism. Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by WryGuy2