The Safety of Objects: Stories

The Safety of Objects: Stories

by A. M. Homes


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143122708
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 544,971
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A.M. Homes was born in Washington D.C. graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa, lives in New York City and teaches at Princeton University. Her work appears in ArtForum, Granta, The Guardian, McSweeney’s, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Electric Literature, Playboy, and Zoetrope. She works in television, most recently as as Co-Executive Producer of Falling Water and Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, and is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. She is the  recipient of awards including the Guggenheim, NEA, and NYFA fellowships. Her most recent novel, May We Be Forgiven, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2013, and has been optioned for film by Unanimous Entertainment.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

December 18, 1961

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.


B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1985; M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers¿ Workshop

Table of Contents

Adults Alone 1

Looking for Johnny 23

Chunky in Heat 45

Jim Train 55

The Bullet Catcher 77

Yours Truly 101

Esther in the Night 111

Slumber Party 121

The I of It 141

A Real Doll 147

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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

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Safety of Objects 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 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.
suesbooks on LibraryThing 20 days ago
I did not care for any of these short stories. I didn't like the writing, and I felt nothing for the characters. Quite a disappointment!
Djupstrom on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Good, quirky short stories.
rslynch on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I watched the movie adaptation and became obsessed much in the way as when I first watched Donnie Darko. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the book, and when I finally did, I was not disappointed overall. Although the book was written in 1990, few details seemed dated. Even then, things like the girls with big hair and the struggle to figure out what CD players are all about seem reminiscent to my own experiences if not totally relatable in my current life. Reading the book was like getting the backstory of the movie and untangling and rectifying the "mushings" of the movie. I loved "A Real Doll." It seemed fresh to me and not overdone like the other stories of living dolls, in which they tend to be bloodthirsty. This time Barbie was just living her saucy little life, but with a lot more sexual charge to match her body. It seemed realistic to me that she would allow herself to be abused by the sister and not want to get out because she felt that's the only it could be, much like in real abusive relationships. I also loved reading about Jim Train (love that name!) peeing in the plants and pulling marigolds instead of weeds. The story about the STD ("The I of It") and the one about the girl writing in the closet were good examples of stream-of-consciousness writing, but I found them to be confusing and a bit sparse. Still, they were not total losses and I am glad I didn't skip over them. In the future I would like to share these stories with others (I took this book to my 26th birthday sleepover because it was so engaging), in a college course if I can. There are so many lessons and examples of conventions to share.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little morbid and dark tales. Highly recommend.
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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?
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