49 Down 3 Left (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

The main problem I have with short story collections about disaffected American suburbanites is that I don’t live in an American suburb and am largely existentially indifferent. So… if you’re the type who likes reading about affluent North Americans dealing with the banality of their existence by urinating on their boss’s plant, by ogling their teenage babysitter at the mall, and so on – you’re looking in the right place.

To be fair, The Safety of Objects has some stories that possess a fair amount of genuine emotion – Esther in the Night deals with euthanasia and Slumber Party with pre-pubescent sexual exploration – all well-stocked with pathos and confusion. But really, the only story worth reading in this book is Real Doll, where a young boy conducts a sordid affair with his sister’s Barbie doll. The premise alone is golden, and the execution deliciously perverse.

So borrow this book if only to read Real Doll, but the rest of the stories really didn’t appeal to me at all.

The Safety of Objects
(ISBN No: 0679736298) Check NLB Catalogue for item availability.

My next book will be The Blue Max by Jack D. Hunter.


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