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5.0 out of 5 stars Peculiar People
In a series of skillfully constructed short stories, A. M. Homes has unveiled with great élan the frightening underside of suburbia. The characters run the gamut from a disappointed pedophile to a lascivious obese girl, from a responsible mother gone wild on a weekend away from her children to a teen boy who becomes strangely attracted to his sister's Barbie...
Published on 22 Dec 2004 by Westley

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3.0 out of 5 stars The desperate horrors of suburban America
Somewhat disappointing given the tremendous depth and sense of realism of her last collection of short fiction Things You Should Know, these stories are slighter and have a rather obsessive air - focusing mainly on pre-adolescent fantasies. One boy has a relationship with his sister's Barbie doll, another boy is abducted but the abductor does not molest him, merely...
Published on 14 Sep 2009 by Eileen Shaw


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Aug 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars uncomfortable reading, 27 May 2014
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Although well written some of the subject matter portrayed in the stories was disturbing and made an uncomfortable read. Not recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vividly disturbing short stories, 24 Jan 2013
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I don't normally like short story collections, but this was perfect for reading on the tube. The characters were very well written for such short stories, it didn't feel like they were missing anything, and each snapshot of suburban life is disturbing but believable. I was thinking about them long after I put the book down.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished, 5 Sep 2013
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What an awful collection of short stories. No real beginning and no real end to any of them. Some were self-induglent stream-of-consciousness stuff about nothing (why was that person stuck in the linen cupboard?) and some seemed to be half-thought-out concepts that were maybe being considered to go into novels at some unspecified point in the future. I found myself speed-reading it towards the end just to get through it and on to the next (and, on balance of probabilities, better) book on my Kindle.

Would have given it one star, but for this attack of brilliance:

"Jill's been inside every house in the area and keeps a running score of who has what in terms of cars, large-screen televisions, walk-in freezers, etc. Jim thinks if she could keep her mouth shut she'd make a killing as a burglar."
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