The Safety of Objects: Stories

The Safety of Objects: Stories

4.1 10
by A. M. Homes
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The breakthrough story collection that established A. M. Homes as one of the most daring writers of her generation

Originally published in 1990 to wide critical acclaim, this extraordinary first collection of stories by A. M. Homes confronts the real and the surreal on even terms to create a disturbing and sometimes hilarious vision of the American

…  See more details below

Overview

The breakthrough story collection that established A. M. Homes as one of the most daring writers of her generation

Originally published in 1990 to wide critical acclaim, this extraordinary first collection of stories by A. M. Homes confronts the real and the surreal on even terms to create a disturbing and sometimes hilarious vision of the American dream. Included here are "Adults Alone," in which a couple drops their kids off at Grandma's and gives themselves over to ten days of Nintendo, porn videos, and crack; "A Real Doll," in which a girl's blond Barbie doll seduces her teenaged brother; and "Looking for Johnny," in which a kidnapped boy, having failed to meet his abductor's expectations, is returned home. These stories, by turns satirical, perverse, unsettling, and utterly believable, expose the dangers of ordinary life even as their characters stay hidden behind the disguises they have so carefully created.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In these 10 stories of unstable suburbanites, a couple experiments with crack cocaine while their sons are away, a man loses self-definition upon finding his office unexpectedly closed, and a teenager becomes erotically attached to a demanding Barbie doll. ``Though occasionally given to straining for shocking effect, Homes has here demonstrated a quirky and original flair,'' said PW. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
Praise for The Safety of Objects:

“Enthralling . . . full of subversive humor and truth . . . original and stiletto sharp.”  —The Washington Post

 
“Wonderfully skewed stories . . . sharp, funny, and playful . . . Homes is confident and consistent in her odd departures from life as we know it, sustaining credibility by getting details right. A fully engaged imagination [is] at work—and play.” —Amy Hempel, The Los Angeles Times

 
“Alarmingly good . . . It is hard to say exactly who Homes’s predecessors are—Roald Dahl, Rachel Ingalls, and J.D. Salinger all come to mind—but in many ways she is not unlike Cheever.” —The Village Voice

 
“A.M. Homes’ provocative and funny and sometimes very sad takes on contemporary suburban life impressed me enormously. The more bizarre things get, the more impressed one is by A.M. Homes’ skills as a realist, a portraitist of contemporary life at its more perverse.” —David Leavitt

 
“These stories are remarkable. They are awesomely well-written. In the sense of arousing fear and wonder in the reader they entertain, but what they principally bring us is a sense of recognition . . . Here are all the things that even today, even in our frank outspoken times, we don’t talk about. We think of them punishingly in sleepless nights.” —Ruth Rendell

 

“An unnerving glimpse through the windows of other people’s lives. A.M. Homes is a provocative and eloquent writer, and her vision of the way we live now is anything but safe.” —Meg Wolitzer

 

“Set in a world filled with edges to topple from, [The Safety of Objects] is permeated by the bizarre. . . . The unexpected emerges from the story itself, startling and unexpectedly right.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Library Journal
If 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.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101590416
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/29/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
399,033
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for The Safety of Objects:

“Enthralling . . . full of subversive humor and truth . . . original and stiletto sharp.” —The Washington Post

“Wonderfully skewed stories . . . sharp, funny, and playful . . . Homes is confident and consistent in her odd departures from life as we know it, sustaining credibility by getting details right. A fully engaged imagination [is] at work—and play.” —Amy Hempel, The Los Angeles Times

“Alarmingly good . . . It is hard to say exactly who Homes’s predecessors are—Roald Dahl, Rachel Ingalls, and J.D. Salinger all come to mind—but in many ways she is not unlike Cheever.” —The Village Voice

“A.M. Homes’ provocative and funny and sometimes very sad takes on contemporary suburban life impressed me enormously. The more bizarre things get, the more impressed one is by A.M. Homes’ skills as a realist, a portraitist of contemporary life at its more perverse.” —David Leavitt

“These stories are remarkable. They are awesomely well-written. In the sense of arousing fear and wonder in the reader they entertain, but what they principally bring us is a sense of recognition . . . Here are all the things that even today, even in our frank outspoken times, we don’t talk about. We think of them punishingly in sleepless nights.” —Ruth Rendell

“An unnerving glimpse through the windows of other people’s lives. A.M. Homes is a provocative and eloquent writer, and her vision of the way we live now is anything but safe.” —Meg Wolitzer

“Set in a world filled with edges to topple from, [The Safety of Objects] is permeated by the bizarre. . . . The unexpected emerges from the story itself, startling and unexpectedly right.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Read More

Meet the Author

A. M. Homes is the author of the memoir The Mistress's Daughter and the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack. She has published fiction and essays in the New Yorker, Granta, Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, One Story, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair, where she is a contributing editor. She lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 18, 1961
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
Education:
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1985; M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers¿ Workshop

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Safety of Objects 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best collection of short stories I have ever read. Having lived in the suburbs I can relate to all these stories. This is the second book by Ms. Homes that I have read after 'The End of Alice', and it was quite different. Very much enjoyed and highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read the boook front-2-back then saw the movie; as close to the novel as can be for such an inspirational/articulate author. if your interested in a book to honestly never put down because of the mental stimuli it contains, then this book is work reading! ~Elimeana
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read 'The Safety of Objects' a while ago and enjoyed it cover to cover. Each story was brilliantly written and completely relatable. After reading this book, i followed up on others writen and have enjoyed them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little morbid and dark tales. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let us not quarrel about who has the greater cybering ability. It's an odd subject, and one I find would only lead to disaster. Besides, who really wants to talk about this?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
H