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Haslett has a gift for writing quietly about sensational topics: men cruising each other in the park at night; an abusive, self-hating relationship between two adolescent boys. The stories can get a bit too fancy: the writer can't resist the ironic twist or the surprise ending. Still, this is a beautifully written collection that's as heartfelt as it is intelligent. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
This book is a real surprise to me. I'm not normally up for anger, doomsday and depression--not my thing, but there are shades of humor in this book, along with some titillating... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Janice Vincent
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This is a beautifully written collection of short stories that explore mental illness, death, depression, homosexuality, and how we experience our own pain,... Read more
Some of the stories made me cringe. Some made me frown. Some made me straight-up shudder. They’re not scary. They’re just . . . uncomfortable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by I Know What You Should Read
These Adam Haslett stories focus on death, disappointment, grief, father/son dynamics and closeted gays while his sentences evoke precision and elegance from even mundane scenes,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dennis Zeunert
Adam Haslett is a great and very intricate writer. This book is filled with great unique stories. Each story has a twist, surprise, revelation near the end.Published 17 months ago by Maria G. Pinto
This is a classic collection of short stories with rather dark subject matter. However, Mr. Haslett is able to make the characters in the stories have real emotions and depth. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Christine Kossol
I've never read a book by this author and I thought the stories were well written, interesting and original! I would highly recommend this book.Published 20 months ago by Anne
I read "Union Atlantic" before buying this collection. I was really impressed in that book by Haslett's ability to put numerous characters onto a page and somehow find a way to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. Smallridge