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Library JournalIf Homes’s recent novel, All Shall Be Forgiven, was about as American as apple pie, this 1990 collection of stories (her first), is just as unsettlingly familiar and thoroughly deviant. With all of her characteristic wit and curdling humor, Homes tells the story of a boy’s very sexual relationship with his sister’s Barbie doll. “I’m dating Barbie,” it begins, “I’m practicing for the future.” The germ of Homes’s acclaimed 1999 novel Music for Torching can also be found here. In “Adults Alone,” Elaine and Paul celebrate a week away from their children with porn, video games, and crack. This is a book for people who like to snicker, to cringe, and to scrunch up their noses in satisfaction.
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