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Heir listening 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. 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

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Fragile 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

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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 Ladies and MOBI #224 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 t. this came into the store on tuesday i borrowed it on tuesday i read it on tuesdaynow whatnow i have to wait for him to write another book which i will probably consume just as uickly it hardly seems fair i mean obviously it s my own damn fault for my enthusiasm but i can t help feeling like mr ross is somehow culpable in all of this to come at me with stories after having written one of the most complicated and gripping novels i have read in recent years that s mr peanut lazies he s like an unscrupulous drug dealer cutting the product to string me along and keep me hookedand it s not that these stories are bad because they are great but me i always prefer novels despite having discovered some amazing collections in the last yearlike this onea positive to this collection is that there are only seven stories i like that this means there aren t any three pagers of undeveloped ideas slipped in to be hopefully unnoticed all of these stories have weight and heft and all of that but the negative is seven stories and it s over like a middling building in nyfci don t know how to review short stories without giving away too much so i m going to be super brief and shady observefutureswith this one there was one part that was predictable and one part that i was awesomely surprised by and i like to think that the predictable part was intentional to mislead the reader into thinking they had it all figured out and then just taking it one step further a really good way to begin this collectionthe rest of itthe most layered of them all shoots and branches and leafy bits reaching out all over the place kind of puts the reader into the difficult position of not knowing who to root for or sympathize with in a satisfying not a confusing way in a way that feels like life and less like a contrived situationsuicide roomprobably my favorite brings back the late teen years with the casual betrayals hope and angst and bluster and treading water this would make a great short film like a stand by me for our timesin the basementthis one went places dark and creepy the i think about this one the it chills me but not because of the actual horrifying and heartbreaking part kind of like ethan frome in that the saddest and most emotional part is the what happened in this interim here what led to this conclusion what happens now this one will stay with me for a little whilewhen in romeno this one is my favorite i was wrong these characters really come to life and i felt it was just a perfect little capsule of a story i would read an entire book featuring these brothersmiddlemananother perfect story seriously perfect do i overuse that word in this review i don t care this is all puppy love and seeing the big picture for the first time and just perfect radio days or a christmas story youthfulness this story made me mad the collection was coming to a closeladies and gentlemenoh another perfect story yeah see how bad i am at reviewing i give up i loved this collection adam ross is now among the very top tier of my favorite authors and i know i have only made with the four star ratings for both of his books now and i don t know why that is but that is what i feel and yet i also feel that i love these books than other books with four stars star ratings are problematic but i wholeheartedly endorse these books and if i could focus better in the deadly heat this review would be convincing trust my feelings not my wordscome to my blog


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 write another book which i will probably consume just as uickly it hardly seems fair i mean obviously

  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 a

  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% less enthusiasm Reason being I have a huge respect for Adam Ross's skill but I'm

  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 vie

  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 garbage I know as I type this but in all of us there is a dreamer a sliver of hope that wishes people would tur

  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 collectio

  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 stories in Ladies and Gentlemen dr

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    The Stories“Futures” – A middle aged man looking for a job also gets roped into “babysitting” a neighbor’s shiftless high school age son Longish but I’m glad I stuck it out for that ending 3 stars“The Rest of It” – A divorced college professor considers writing a book about the colorful stories told to him by the building’s super A superbly crafted short story 4 stars“The Suicide Room

  10. says:

    Alright so individually I loved all the stories in this book The characters were interesting diverse and all with issues mos