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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847087302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847087300
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

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"

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""

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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From the Back Cover

A provocative, astute and playful collection of stories, A.M Homes gives us an unnerving glimpse through the windows of contemporary suburban life at its most bizarre. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. However, revealing any more about these stories would be unseemly, as the degenerate twists are part of their seductive powers.
Despite the shocking premises, the basic situations and feelings evoked are often universal - making this book a somewhat uneasy read. The reader does not want to identify with these characters, but Homes, with laser-like precision, forces the reader to just such apperception. Reading "Safety of Objects" left me alternately paralyzed with laughter and oddly nauseous - a true mark of genius! This book is the first I've read by Homes, but I'm already eagerly anticipating the next.
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I am not a great lover of short stories to be honest excepting early Ray Bradbury in my formative years but it's been a while since I read a book which is so discomfitting and accurate in its portrayal of characters and their nuances. Because, the stories are very short, it's not a book that you can read in a oner but one to be savoured for each novella and all it encompasses. All but one of the stories are superb in their execution (I just couldn't see the point of 'The Bullet Stopper') and while some of the events played out make for strange fodder, the book as a whole is easily digestible. Excellent.
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A.M. Homes has painted a dark and bizarre picture of suburbia, knocking down that whole fantasy of how the suburbs are pure and clean. She has put together a twisted collection of stories that are subtle, outrageous and downright disturbing. This is not an easy read for those who have weak stomachs or are extremely sensitive. However, if you're looking for something a little more darker and sinister, "The Safety of Objects" just might be the thing for you.
When you think of "suburbia," you think of somewhere that is safe, quiet, boring and normal. These stories take place in a neighborhood that could very well resemble somewhere where YOU live. The truth is that this "normal" neighborhood is contaminated with bizarre behavior and unbelievable stories. There's the couple who decide to do drugs when their kids are away from home. There's the kid who was abducted by a kidnapper, only to end up being a big disappointment to the abductor. There's the mother with the son that is in a coma after a car accident, and she doesn't know what should be done. And let's not forget about the little boy who has an extreme obsession with his sister's Barbie doll. These are only some of the stories you will uncover in this unrelenting and unapologetic read.
Homes has a great way of getting straight to the point without using any extra or unnecessary words. Her writing reminds me a little of Raymond Carver, only more twisted and graphic. She's able to create some very interesting and creepy characters without having to give you their complete life story. While there are some stories that I like more than others, I found myself enjoying the entire book.
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Ok, I'm not a fan of short story collections. when I pick up a book I like to get into it, get to know the characters, and go on a journey with them. I don't like the stop-and-start-again nature of short story collections.

So, when the second chapter came along, I was hit by that usual sinking feeling of "oh no, it's a collection of short stories, isn't it!".

Whilst I still think there should be a law that all short story collections should have to say as much, clearly, in their title and on their cover, to avoid such accidental purchases, I did, probably for the first time, actually enjoy this collection.

There was something cohesive about it, which made the stories all seem part of a whole, as if it was a novel, just where each chapter had different characters who never met. You could, though, imagine them meeting, or passing through in the background of each other's lives.

It also helped that each of the stories was engaging and a great read with interesting characters, and that each story was of a similar length, so you got a feel for how much to invest in each one (unlike some collections, where the stories can vary from very short to several chapters).

I'd actually even recommend it to others, and will definitely be getting some of the author's other works.
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I think the best way to describe this book is, you know your own very private thoughts, the ones you'll never speak of, they're your own special thoughts which will never be shared. These thoughts can be fun, dark, shocking, erotic, but for your own self respect you'll never share them. A.M Homes invites us into peoples lives and you get to read these deep, dark, amusing, disturbing thoughts.

As with everything I've read of hers, I couldn't put the book down once started. Thought provoking and embarrassing from the point that there are times and situations that came back to mind from within my own deeply shrouded inner self.
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