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The safety of objects
Homes, A. M.
Adult Fiction HOMES

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From Publishers' 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

If it is Homes's aim to capture our attention by shocking us with her outrageousness, then she surely succeeds. But shock and outrage eventually wear off and leave us feeling manipulated. This is a collection of puerile sexual fantasies disguised as short stories, and Homes seems to expect us to explode (or, like Pavlov's dogs, at least to salivate) at her explicit descriptions of juvenile sexual exploration. ``A Real Doll'' is a young boy's fantasy about his affair with his sister's Barbie doll. ``Chunky in Heat'' is about a very fat young girl having sexual fantasies on a lawn chair in her backyard. ``The I of It'' is about a young man who is obsessed by, and furious at, his penis. Homes has the talent to pull us into her quirky world, but that world is full of nothing but sex: fear of it, desire for it, revulsion from it, and endless, endless fantasy about it. If Homes would stop doing her outrageous act, she could use her considerable talent to capture our attention quietly and with some depth.-- Marcia Tager, Tenafly, N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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