Ladies and Gentlemen (Vintage Contemporaries)
After his widely celebrated debut, Mr. Peanut, AdamRoss now presents a darkly compelling collection of stories aboutbrothers, loners, lovers, and lives full of good intentions,misunderstandings, and obscured motives.A hotshot lawyer, burdened by years of guilt and resentment,comes to the rescue of his irresponsible, irresistible youngerbrother. An unsettling story resonates between the dysfunctionalcouple telling it and their listening friends as well. A lonelyprofessor, frequently regaled with unbelievably entertaining talesby the office handyman, suddenly fears he's being asked to abet amurderous fugitive. An awkward but nervy adolescent uses his briefcareer as a child actor to further his designs on a WASPy friend'sseemingly untouchable sister. A man down on his luck closes in on amysterious, much-needed job offer while doing a good turn for hisfragile neighbor, with results at once surreal and hilarious. Andwhen two college kids goad each other on in an escalating series ofbreathtaking dares, the outcome is as tragic as it isambiguous.Laced with glimmers of redemption, youthful energy, and hard-wonwisdom, these noirish stories unspool purposefully and fluidly;together they confirm the arrival of—as Michiko Kakutani put it inThe New York Times—"an enormously talented writer."