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After his widely celebrated debut Mr Peanut Adam Ross now presents a darkly compelling collection of stories about brothers loners lovers and lives full of good intentions misunderstandings and obscured motivesA hotshot lawyer burdened by years of guilt and resentment comes to the rescue of his irresponsible irresistible younger brother An unsettling story resonates between the dysfunctional couple telling it and their listening. In these seven gratifyingly fulsome tales Adam Ross safeguards against the embalmed inconseuentiality of the modern short story with an array of complex narrative architectures a simple dedication to strong storytelling and a healthy coating of moral ambiguity The wheel remains un reinvented but there s than enough generative resourcefulness here to confirm Ross as a major new writer And though Ross is using the same tools as any other literary short monger this book is somehow just a lot fun than most short story collections it manages to be a page turner despite not being a novel And let s all say a little prayer of gratitude that Ross or his publisher decided not to go the trendy novel in stories route I m sick of being sold that bill of goodsDivorced from the structural high wire act of his curlicue debut novel Mr Peanut the Adam Ross of Ladies and Gentlemen is still interested in finding narrative complications and layers albeit modestly and on a smaller scale stories within stories stories proceeding along multiple tracks stories with unexpected directional swerves and shifting temporalities Such narrative footwork keeps the book lively and pleasurable without obscuring the fundamental thematics of people making choices and mistakes misbehaving and mistreating each other and learning or not learning or learning what they d rather not know Ross does struggle a bit with endings He capriciously toggles between clean twisty wrap ups and the traditional open ended close he errs when attempting to spell out profundities rather than embracing the mystery as in the I learned something today ending of the otherwise riveting The Suicide Room or the non seuitir philosophizing that caps off the mainly delicious The Rest of It He sticks the landing beautifully in When in Rome howeverHighlights are the novella ish opener Futures a perfect study of the desperation of unemployment and the false security of reaching out to your fellow man and the penultimate story Middleman a sensitive unerring peek at a particular strain of early adolescent longing and dawning awareness of identity But there are no duds here seven stalks of wheat with no chaff in sight If a short story collection leaves you wanting it should be because it doesn t stick around long enough to outstay its welcome not because it lacks substance Adam Ross finds the right side of that line and many others besides uality stuff

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Neighbor with results at once surreal and hilarious And when two college kids goad each other on in an escalating series of breathtaking dares the outcome is as tragic as it is ambiguousLaced with glimmers of redemption youthful energy and hard won wisdom these noirish stories unspool purposefully and fluidly; together they confirm the arrival of as Michiko Kakutani put it in The New York Times “an enormously talented writer?. Eh The book was okay I guessIt is obvious in reading through these stories where their author has written directly from his experience and where he is weaving fiction The stories are not uniformly autobiographical and so the overall collection is a bit unevenThe details in Middleman for instance are both vivid and ring absolutely true But of course they do It s a story about a kid from the West Side who fancies his East Side friend s older sister then uses his insider knowledge as a child actor both on the radio and in commercials to attempt to woo her once she gets into the business The descriptions are pointed and particular from the casual anti Semitism at an elite Episcopal NYC high school to the cool spaciousness of an East Side apartment According to the bio on his website Adam Ross was born and raised in New York City and attended the Trin ity School where he was a state cham pion wrestler A child actor he has appeared in movies com mer cials and tele vi sion shows as well as on radio dra mas such as The Eter nal Light and EG Marshall s Mys tery The aterWhile the writing is good his recollections are far superior to his creations even within the same story and it is obvious Of course most writers borrow from life But really good writers seamlessly blend the fiction and the fictionalized Worse writers often do so as well The unevenness is where Ross s work falls downSo the book was you know okayIt s worth noting that there is nothing wrong with the Bildungsroman in short story form There exist however many better examples of the form For the young NYC guy coming of age sub genre Thomas Beller s excellent How to Be a Man Scenes from a Protracted Boyhood is a particular standout Marriage by Deception you know okayIt s worth noting that there is nothing wrong with the Bildungsroman in short story form There exist however many better examples of the form For the A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House young NYC guy coming of age sub genre Thomas Beller s excellent How to Be a Man Scenes from a Protracted Boyhood is a particular standout

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Friends as well A lonely professor freuently regaled with unbelievably entertaining tales by the office handyman suddenly fears he’s being asked to abet a murderous fugitive An awkward but nervy adolescent uses his brief career as a child actor to further his designs on a WASPy friend’s seemingly untouchable sister A man down on his luck closes in on a mysterious much needed job offer while doing a good turn for his fragile. I was disappointed with this book especially since I loved this author s first book Mr Peanut Like Mr Peanut this book was well written Also similar to his previous work you definitely see Ross bleak view of human nature Each story was interesting to read but none with the exception of the first story which just had a predictable ending had an ending Six of the seven stories just abruptly ended when I thought I was in the tale s middle My first thought was Did I miss something How could that story just end there Then the next story also ended with no resolution or interesting twist The next story again although an interesting narrative had no central plot or conclusion When the book ended I felt like I had read 6 stories each missing their last chapter Perhaps Adam Ross thought since he gave us multiple endings in Mr Peanut he d give none in Ladies Gentlemen I may go back and read Mr Peanut a third time but I don t think I ll pick this one up again any time soon


10 thoughts on “Ladies and Gentlemen

  1. says:

    this came into the store on tuesday i borrowed it on tuesday i read it on tuesdaynow what?now i have to wait for him to w

  2. says:

    In these seven gratifyingly fulsome tales Adam Ross safeguards against the embalmed inconseuentiality of the modern short story with an array of complex narrative architectures a simple dedication to strong storytelling an

  3. says:

    I'm torn between this book and Mr Peanut as the best books Adam Ross has ever written

  4. says:

    For a really excellent helpful review of this title please read Krok Zero's review I agree with all of his points but with about 25% l

  5. says:

    I was disappointed with this book especially since I loved this author's first book Mr Peanut Like “Mr Peanut” this book was well written Also similar to his previous work you definitely see Ross’ bleak view

  6. says:

    I like Adam Ross He seems like the kind of guy that would be fun to take out for pizza and beer then roll a car The impression from his stories which is probably less like the truth than anything I have ever said makes him seem crazy a little wild a little like it is tough for him to build relationships This is complete g

  7. says:

    Eh The book was okay I guessIt is obvious in reading through these stories where their author has written directly from his experience and where he is weaving fiction The stories are not uniformly autobiographical and so the overall collection is a bit unevenThe details in Middleman for instance are both vivid and ring absolutely true But of course they do It's a story about a kid from the West Side who fanci

  8. says:

    Mr Peanut by Adam Ross has been on my shelf for the past year To be honest I bought it because there was a lot of hype about it but the content doesn't really interest me It's a murder story and those immediately turn me off I know I'm being biased and unreasonably silly but that's me But now that I have all but devoured Adam Ross' new short story collection I know that Mr Peanut is not far behind All the st

  9. says:

    The Stories“Futures” – A middle aged man looking for a job also gets roped into “babysitting” a neighb

  10. says:

    Alright so individually I loved all the stories in this book The characters were interesting diverse and all with issues most of us face on a day to day basis As a whole I was a little disappointed This book is called ladies and gentlemen but of the 7 stories only one was about a women And that story was about an affair I wish that there coul

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