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Homess first collection since 1990s much-praised The Safety of Objects offers 11 sharply original portraits of domestic life: the distance between family members, the minor wars between friends and lovers. Written over the last decade, with several stories previously published in glossies and literary magazines, this volume confirms Homess reputation as an expert stylist and unique chronicler of suburban drama. Conception takes a strange turn in Georgica, as a woman recovering from an accident fixates on the golden boys of the beach and plots to make one of them the father of her child. The narrator of The Chinese Lesson finds his sympathy for his confused, homesick mother-in-law, Mrs. Ha, has alienated him from his wife, who has spent her life trying not to be Chinese. In the title piece, a fourth-grade teachers list of things you already should know but maybe are a little dumb, so you dont becomes an obsession for the narrator, who missed school the day it was supposedly handed out. A shape-shifting woman who visits the insouciant, anorexic girl of Raft in Water, Floating finds her own story in The Weather Outside Is Sunny and Bright. Not much happens in it, she goes to her job (architectural forensics), visits her mother in a nursing home, takes a bath and casually exercises her powers, but the story feels full anyway, replete with a strange magic. It's precisely this sort of thing that makes Homes so good.
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Twelve years after her debut, The Safety of Objects, Homes once again unearths the dark side of domestic life in a handful of disturbing pieces, Here, relationships and emotions are scrutinized within abnormal situations. The stories present a series of uniquely memorable characters: a woman who spies on young couples making love and who tries a bizarre method of impregnation, a shape-shifter who can transmogrify into various animal and human forms, a young boy whose idyllic summer is jolted by an accident, an anxious man who wants desperately but futilely to enjoy life, and a former President of the United States afflicted with Alzheimer's. Homes's storytelling is hypnotic, allowing the reader a peek into the exotic thoughts and worlds of people we do not normally meet in literature. Despite the oddness of the stories, readers are still able to identify with the characters. Engaging and dynamic, Homes's writing is remarkably surreal. Recommended for all fiction collections. Colleen Lougen, Mt. St. Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY
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This is a series of short stories with a SF basis. The stories are wonderfully weird.Published 25 days ago by ellen foster
I picked up A M Homes short story collection after seeing it on an earlier NY Times Notable Books of the Year list. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Joseph Landes
I love the novels by A.M. Homes, and also like the short story collection "The Safety of Objects." But this one? Yuck! What happened? Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
Another book that I picked up simply because it had a great title was Things You Should Know by A. M. Holmes. Read morePublished on April 8, 2008 by Josh More
I read this book in three days commuting to work.... I just couldn't put it down! What fascinated me, is that many of the characters in the short stories seem somehow to be... Read morePublished on August 14, 2007 by Maggie
I *LOVE* short stories, but this book was so horrible that I couldn't even make it all the way through. The stories were typically disgusting or offensive and often led nowhere. Read morePublished on July 10, 2007 by H. Greenwald
Skip this book as it will not save your life!!!
But I LOVED the cover, of course....
I was blown away with The Safety of Objects and decided to give Things You Should Know a whirl right after reading the former book. A.M. Read morePublished on April 9, 2005 by CoffeeGurl
A local book dealer that I frequent quite regularly suggested A.M Homes to me. I have read the book out of sheer disbelief up to this point and now I can't bring myself to finish... Read morePublished on December 20, 2004 by JDC