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  • ISBN 0224087746
  • ISBN13 978-0224087742
  • Language English
  • Author Adam Ross
  • Publisher Jonathan Cape (January 1, 2012)
  • Pages 240
  • Formats doc rtf mbr lit
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Short Stories and Anthologies
  • Size ePub 1389 kb
  • Size Fb2 1488 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 908

Ladies and gentlemen, by Adam Ross.

Ladies and gentlemen, by Adam Ross. 1st ed. p. cm. eISBN: 978-0-307-59675-8.

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.

But Maria was finishing her residency in internal medicine, so perhaps.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Adam Ross's new collection, takes a different tack, not dissimilar to. .

Ross wrote the two books more or less simultaneously, working on Ladies and Gentlemen during "enforced breaks" from the novel, which is made up of three braided narratives describing the circumstances around three apparent murders. While the stories have been praised for dispensing with the spun-sugar suspensefulness of Mr Peanut, in narrative strategy and theme the two volumes have more in common than not.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Ross Adam. Варианты приобретения. Описание: A New York Times Noteable Book. Кол-во: о цене Наличие: Отсутствует. Возможна поставка под заказ. David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock. After thirteen years of marriage, he still can't imagine a remotely happy life without her-yet he obsessively contemplates her demise.

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Such stories also demonstrate Mr. Ross’s interest in alter egos and mirroring, a theme explored with caffeinated and sometimes aggravating complexity in Mr. Peanut. The loser in Futures sees a younger version of himself in his neighbor’s lost and strangely passive son. Caleb and Kevin, the brothers in Rome, play out a Cain and Abel drama with each other. Ladies and gentlemen.

Adam Ross was born in New York and studied writing with William Gass and Stanley Elkin. He worked as a journalist and teacher but now writes full-time and lives with his wife and two daughters in Nashville, Tennessee. His first novel, Mr. Peanut, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2010.

A Conversation with Adam Ross author of LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. Q: In 1995, your father told you a story about your cousin that inspired you to start writing your first book, Mr. Was there a particular event or idea that inspired the stories in Ladies and Gentlemen? A: There wasn’t a single event that inspired me, though as I was writing the collection I was orbiting certain themes-cruelty, the flight from self-awareness, role playing, and the relationship between the storyteller and the listener.

Adam Ross was born and raised in New York City. He graduated with departmental honors in English from Vassar College, and holds an . in creative writing from Hollins Unversity and Washington University respectively. Adam lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and their two daughters. Ross was a 2013–2014 Hodder Fellow at Princeton. Other books by Adam Ross at BookBrowse.

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The first story was wonderful, perfect for a short story. The writing is outstanding throughout - clever, developed characters, thoughtful. But many of the stories just seem to end leaving lots of loose ends. Maybe that's the point, but it seemed almost like there were pages missing. A bit disappointing.
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.

Story four is "IN THE BASEMENT" which all emanates from two couples getting together and the discussion haphazardly turns to the picture of a beautiful woman on a XMAS card... and the reader winds up in a surprising scenario.

The fifth story "WHEN IN ROME" is an intriguing and well-paced story of two brothers and a deceased parent's lifetime wish/request.

Story six, "MIDDLEMAN" covers a lot of bases that range from young teenage love... even when love hasn't been truly defined... along with a very insightful look at how all the members of a family... are what truly make a family. And how it sometimes takes years... or forever... to truly appreciate the "shoes of life" that a parent has walked in.

The seventh and last... and shortest story... is "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN" ... an attempt to find out what could have possibly been the outcome of an unrequited school age romance... years later... and the possible effect a passenger on a plane can make... simply by being in a certain seat on the flight headed for the rendezvous.

This is an excellent collection of stories, with immediately interesting characters and plots. Some of the conclusions may or may not satisfy you... but the book as a whole definitely will. This is a very talented author with a very bright future.
If the stories in Adam Ross's "Ladies and Gentlemen" have a unifying theme, it is the need we all experience for others and the pain those others cause us when they prove unworthy of our love and trust. Many of the stories deal with responsible people who are drawn into crises by their relationships with dysfunctional friends and relatives. That makes this a painful collection to read, but Adam Ross renders the character studies so seamlessly that we are drawn in even as we cringe.

The first story in the collection, "Futures," felt like one of Roald Dahl's classic "mousetrap" tales, where the mechanism gradually winds up throughout the story, then springs on the reader with a clever but nasty twist at the end. A loner finds out that neither the job interviewer nor a neighbor's son staying at his house are quite what they seem. This is a painful story to read, but at the same time you find yourself applauding the clever way the twist is executed. This story also has a bit of a noir feel about it, and reminded me of Gresham's "Nightmare Alley."

"The Rest of It" has an experimental feel. Events in the life of a mobster who works as a school janitor begin to take on an odd parallel with those of the narrator.

"The Suicide Room" is a morality tale shrouded in a traditional tale about college boys who engage in a bizarre form of one-upmanship. The ending to this story felt uncharacteristically gimmicky to me. It was my least favorite story in this collection.

"In the Basement" is a chilling character study of a weirdly narcissistic woman, as told by her former friends. I have known people like "Lisa" in this story, but that made her no less disturbing. Ross brings to her his usual flair for characterization.

"When in Rome" is another story about a good guy drawn into bad circumstances, in this case by his shady loser of a brother. I saw the snap coming in this one, but that didn't make it any less painful or fascinating. Along the way, Ross explores the notion of "forgiveness" as a smarmy tactic used to excuse criminally selfish behavior.

"Middleman" is a coming-of-age tale about a young boy's desire for his friend's older sister. The boy has something going for him: his talent for doing voice-over commercials. The use-and-be-used nature of his relationship with the girl is, again, painful but spot-on.

"Ladies and Gentlemen" is a story about ambivalence in relationships, full of clever observations.

Overall, I really enjoyed this collection, even while I cringed.