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Ladies and Gentlemen Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 28, 2011

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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


“Ross studies families and couples in volatile combinations . . . Punches are thrown between brothers, wild dogs go on the attack, and someone gets pistol-whipped. Conversations lead out of the polite shallows into confrontation . . . For both the married and the divorced in [these] seven stories, full of reversals and surprise endings, potential catastrophe is always closer than you think.” —Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly
“Riveting and affecting—the work of an author who has the rare ability to mesmerize and move us . . . Suspenseful, humorous and, at times, noirish, [Ross] crafts smooth sentences and can make you laugh out loud without ever undermining or selling out the poignancy of his stories . . . Irresistible.” —Skip Horack, San Francisco Chronicle
“Masterfully constructed . . . Skillful but never showy, [Ross’s] highly polished, somewhat spare prose . . . gives these stories a beauty and clarity that are strangely at odds with [their] grim vision . . . Ladies and Gentlemen is a book that bears, even demands, rereading.” —Maria Browning, Chapter 16

“Traditional stories, written in precise and plainspoken prose . . . What makes them electrifying is the author’s knack for luring his characters into emotional danger . . . Ross may yet rehabilitate the term ‘literary thriller.’” —Steve Almond, The Boston Globe
“Irresistible . . . Ross’ stories, entertaining and even slick on the surface, have troubling undercurrents that drag the reader out into uncharted waters . . . [they] take hold early and don’t let go: it’s almost impossible to start reading them and not need to finish.” —Margaret Quamme, The Columbus Dispatch
“Dazzling and brutal . . . a joy-ride through [Ross’s] dark but sparkling imagination . . . .[He is] as skilled at telling as he is at showing [the] frightening but relatable machinations of jealousy, laugh-out-loud bouts of gore, and the emotional elasticity that comes from isolation or the absence of love . . . He is a ruminative writer with an arsenal of explosives always at the ready.” —Liz Colville, The Daily
“Old-fashioned, almost O. Henryesque tales that point up Mr. Ross’s extraordinary gifts as a writer . . . Not only does [he] possess glittering powers of description and a heat-seeking eye for emotional and physical detail, but he’s also able to capture the way people talk today with fluency and panache [and] is adept at showing the day-to-day stresses and consolations of marriage and mapping the mutations of love over time.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Truly funny, original, acerbic [and] surprising . . . Ross deftly dissects how our best efforts to establish intimacy or better ourselves in the economy can result in excruciating, if hilarious, humiliations.  Amusing morality at its compulsive, can’t-wait-to-pick-it-up-again best.” —Sheila Anne Feeney, AM New York
“Bitingly funny . . . Ross limns the ills of contemporary Americans, so vividly rendering their problems and anxieties that the effect is unnerving and heartbreaking . . . It is the precision of [his] dark and dazzling prose, often laced with a touch of the surreal, that generates the stories’ intensity and makes them so disquieting.” —Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
“Following his dazzling debut, Ross drops seven more doses of disquieting fears and misleading hopes [in] this fierce collection . . . One of Ross’ great strengths is walking that eternally fine line between showing the reader things and the heartbeat monitoring of a character’s internal life . . . These characters are either untethered by their own vividness or weighed down with all the trouble in the world. In either case, it’s impossible to look away.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred
“A superb book. These stories are packed with exquisite characters, their lives swollen with the past and bursting in the present. Tales about neighbors and desire, about college hijinx and brotherly rivalry, about old flames and new ones— this collection is masterfully written, gripping, unforgettable.” —Tom Rachman

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307270718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307270719
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,522,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked Adam Ross's debut novel, Mr. Peanut. I thought it was brilliant. I read. I re-read. I stopped to consider what I had just read. I discussed with others. I returned to step #1. It was invigorating to deconstruct the vivid, but complex, tapestry that Mr. Ross had woven. Like an advanced English Lit class - it made me work. But occasionally I wished I had the Cliffs Notes, if only because I felt I had not fully absorbed all that the story offered. That, in part, is why I loved Mr. Ross's encore performance so much, and consumed it so quickly.

Ladies and Gentlemen is a unique collection of self contained stories that are as entertaining as they are enlightening. None of the traits that made Mr. Peanut such a success are lost. Mr. Ross's clever dialogue and powerfully descriptive narrative immediately draws you into each tale and keeps you engaged throughout. The characters are richly developed, relatable and compelling. The stories are unique and captivating. This time, however, digesting Mr. Ross's remarkable insights into the complexities of human relationships felt a bit more like taking my medicine by coating it in, well... peanut butter. I could focus on the conscience shaking perceptions embeded within the center of each story, or I could just lick my lips and enjoy the peanuty goodness.

As each story is crisp and complete, it is hard to comment on the plots, beyond what is included in the dust jacket vignettes, without spoiling the experience for the next reader. I've read a few of the published reviews that tried. Each, in its own way, revealed too much. Suffice it to say that like any good collection of short stories, each tale stands on its own and the subject matter - which is really the characters that Mr. Ross is so adept at developing - evokes an emotional response that is both satisfying and unsettling.

Throw it in your beach bag and enjoy. It is an easy read that will not disappoint.
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I believe short stories of quality are difficult to write and sometimes complicated to interpret. Their composition demands perfect settings and more precise character development than a novel. Adam Ross' stories remind me of English classes when an instructor or professor could spend at least five class days working through the analysis of a distinguished short story. Ladies and Gentleman took me back to those days when short story writing was a miraculous craft of developing characters and plot that culminate with a moral or an O'Henry- type twist. The impact of these stories is priceless.

Mr. Ross has an uncanny ability to capture relationships at the pinnacles of stress. From the perspective of male narrators, the stories are disheartening as he tells us that people whether they are married, single, parents, or siblings, will do whatever they have to do to stage-manage and destabilize others for their own tenacious desires.

In "Futures" the middle-aged loser is characterized with such cruelty, it became absurd. Not only was he the subject of a scam as he desperately searched for a job, he was robbed when he unselfishly helped his neighbor's son. The outcome was grim, to say the least. In other story, "When in Rome," two siblings have a sick relationship which ends in a horrid twist depicting the intensity of sibling hatred. The "Middleman" encompasses many destructive ends, with the hard working male again the loser. Many of the narratives involved females who were ruthless or incapable of any empathy. "The Suicide Room" is a composite of horrific deaths.

Most of Mr. Ross' characters are liars and they can manipulate the tale to suit their fancy. He can write about offensive incidents with a story of massacres or deception allowing individuals to present themselves in the version of their choice. Talk about poetic license!

Adam Ross is truly a gifted writer. His stories could be analyzed and dissected on many levels.
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This book contains seven short stories that are interesting, entertaining, diverse, and at times a tad disappointing... but even after a mild letdown at the climax... you find yourself questioning yourself as to... should I really be disappointed... as you read the first few pages of the next story. As one part of your brain is reading the next story... you find that you're having a minor internal debate as to whether you should rightfully be disappointed due to something happening or not happening at the end of the prior story. So maybe that was part of the author's plan all along... and if so... he may have accomplished one of his goals.

Each story highlights the talent of the author to make the reader quickly immerse themselves in all the characters he introduces. One or two of the stories have a "Rod-Serling-tinge" of character and place development. In the first story "FUTURES" not only are the characters "Serling" type... but the descriptions of the apartment the protagonist lives in... almost come to mind as if it's seen on a black and white TV. A man's attempt to better himself, and fancy a bright new future... is intertwined with a young man who crosses his path... and almost scornful advice... from one under-performer to another... may help them both out. Or will it?

The second story "THE REST OF IT" is built around a college office that employs a maintenance man who also happens to be an almost hypnotic raconteur, who seems to have been involved in everything from "MAFIA HIT MEN, GUN RUNNING, DEATH IN THE TROPICS"... and DRUG SMUGGLING.

The third story "THE SUICIDE ROOM" is about college students and tales of death... suicide... sex... and everything in between.
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