Things You Should Know
A Collection of Stories
By A. M. Homes
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060520137, 224pp.)
Publication Date: September 2003
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In this stunningly original collection, A. M. Homes writes with terrifying compassion about the things that matter most. Homes's distinctive narrative illuminates our dreams and desires, our memories and losses, and demonstrates how extraordinary the ordinary can be. With uncanny emotional accuracy, wit, and empathy, Homes takes us places we recognize but would rather not go alone.
A.M. Homes is the author of the novels The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collection The Safety of Objects and the artist's book Appendix A. Her fiction has been translated into eight languages, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her fiction and nonfiction appear in magazines such as The New Yorker and Artforum, among others, and she is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Mirabella, Bomb, Blind Spot, and Story. She teaches in the writing programs at Columbia University and The New School and lives in New York City.
“A.M. Homes never plays it safe and it begins to look as if she can do almost anything.”
Haunting, disturbing, often radiantly intense, these protean storieschange shape as if they are made of fire.
“A. M. Homes is certainly among the most important young writers working now”