The Safety of Objects
The Safety of Objects by A. M. Homes
The Safety of Objects is a breakthrough collection of stories that carries readers into a world of emotional science fiction where everyone, regardless of age, plays hide-and-seek and no one is really safe. Not the boy abducted by a hard-to-please kidnapper; not the child kept "alive" by a battery of machines; not the parents spiraling into sloth and substance abuse after packing off the kids to grandmother's house; not the teenager vigorously seduced by his sister's doll, in one of the most vivid episodes of amour fou in recent fiction. In the stories of A. M. Homes, the real and the surreal meet on even terms to create a disturbing and sometimes hilarious version of the way e live now, where the most bizarre circumstances are surprisingly familiar.