AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR
AN EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEAR
The first-ever collection of short stories from Jeffrey Eugenides, the bestselling author of Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides and The Marriage Plot, explores characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies.
Kendall has failed as a poet, and now embezzlement seems like his next-best career option. Rebecca has failed to find customers for her mouse figurines, now the bailiffs are coming for her husband. Diane has failed to meet ‘the one’, but is thrilled to have found her path to motherhood through a turkey baster.
With his trademark humour, compassion and complex understanding of what it is to be human, Jeffrey Eugenides’ stories elevate muddling through into something triumphant.
‘[An] excellent short story collection … Eugenides deploys his pronounced gifts for comedy and characterisation at the same time as he builds an overwhelming atmosphere of suffocation’ Guardian
‘A very good short story writer…they are a breeze to read and Eugenides inhabits each new consciousness with easy confidence’ The Times
‘I adored Fresh Complaint … beautifully written and couldn’t be more topical’ Observer, Books of the Year
‘Eugenides has always been known as a master of prose, a sharp and precise writer whose use of language is second to none …If you want a manageable yet unputtdownable reading experience for the week, it has to be this’ Sunday Times Style Magazine
‘The ten stories that make up Fresh Complaint, Eugenides first collection, boast a wide range of themes – a collage of the writer’s myriad of interests and voices’ TLS
‘Deftly drawn sketches … most concern the tribulations of growing older, and the infernal complications of family life as we adjust to the requirements of ever-changing circumstances’ Financial Times
‘The collection explores the connection between the inner and outer life, with a suave wit and equanimity that make it deceptively conversational’ Literary Review
‘These are poignantly told, but it’s the characters who are feeling an emotional lack that make the biggest impact’ Daily Mail
‘Jeffrey Eugenides’s beautifully written collection of short stories Fresh Complaint is not only the best thing I’ve read all year – it also couldn’t be more 2017, featuring transgender teenagers, rape allegations on campus and much more besides’ Rohan Silva, Evening Standard, Books of the Year
‘There is much to enjoy and admire; notably the fact there’s not a dud in the collection, an achievement that’s harder to pull off that it might seem’ Independent