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Home Remedies (Harvest Original) Paperback – January 15, 2007
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--The New Yorker
"...darkly hilarious...short stories...not the kind of girls you'd expect to meet in the evangelical Christian communities that Pneuman brings to life. Her girls dance and swear, drink and lie; they deflower each other with cucumbers and threaten their mothers with golf clubs. Pneuman...offers a clear-eyed view of the role religion plays in the lives of her characters. But her real subject is the complexity of female relationships, the ways that women depend on each other in a world where men often make themselves scarce. .."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"The quietly desperate girls who slouch and grimace and pray through Angela Pneuman's pitch-perfect debut story collection, Home Remedies (Harcourt), live in Bible Belt Kentucky and have names like Priscilla and Shiloh and Laeticia. They have mothers who suck the air out of a room and keen about love... best friends as benign as scorpions, and fathers who are absent or dying or crazed. With her dark sense of humor and almost eerie apprehension of what people are too clenched to say, Pneuman is a stunning new talent to watch."
--O, The Oprah Magazine
"... 'Invitation,' one of the best pieces, explores the obsessive fear of a young Christian teen about premarital sex and how that fear plays out in a camp meeting where her father is the evangelist. The themes are often gritty: mental illness, cruelty, divorce, sexual exploration and coping with death. Pneuman's fine literary writing is excellent enough to land several of these pieces in publications such as The Best American Short Stories ("All Saints Day") and Ploughshares ("The Long Game")..."
"...The characters are bigger than the pages they inhabit, not because the stories themselves are small, but because the characters register a humor and terror that are so large...."
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR HOME REMEDIES
"Smart, brave and unflinchingly honest, Angela Pneuman is a writer of such flinty brilliance and such dead-on, dead-pan humor it’s often hard to believe you’ve arrived at the end of a story until stunned by the last gesture or word." –ZZ Packer
"Without a doubt, Angela Pneuman is one of the most astonishingly talented young writers working today. Her dark humor evokes Lorrie Moore, the richness and depth of her narratives call to mind Alice Munro, but these stories are all her own."—Julie Orringer
"This book is as fresh and astringent as a raw secret whispered just before church." --Ron Carlson"These amazing stories have an inviting surface and a complex core that is in bitter conversation with it. They possess intelligence and grace of every sort. Angela Pneuman must surely be one of the most gifted young writers around." --Lorrie Moore
Top Customer Reviews
A Christian girl, not allowed to date, tries to hide her phone calls with a boy. But the young girl's perceptions are off; the boy isn't interested when his old girlfriend comes back to him. She has to discover this scenario in the lunchroom at school. Tragedy and comedy are meted out side by side in these stories of conflict, parental control, Christian values and the harsh realities of life.
The greatest gifts of these stories are Pneuman's endings to every story. She leaves the readers wondering in their own mind how everything played out. She doesn't give you the sugarcoated, everything-turns-out-fine kind of ending that the reader may expect. She leaves it up to the reader to decide how the stories end. Were the girl's tonsils removed? Did the boy dump the girl because she was Christian and couldn't date?
Armchair Interviews says: Riveting stories for any reader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I adore the rather mysterious endings. Makes you laugh out loud at the possibilities. Did her babysitter really yank her tonsils????Published 20 months ago by Mrs. Virginia D. Sparrow
There are few short story collections I recall vividly-- those of Alice Munroe, Lorie Moore, Tillie Olsen, and now Angela Pneuman's collection. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Elise
First rate fiction, sparse without lapsing into over-stylization or merely being cryptic. Pneuman has an excellent knack for siezing on the telling detail, revealing how people... Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Mark S. Levine