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Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides

Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides

Among our most highly regarded contemporary writers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Eugenides (Middlesex; The Marriage Plot) offers his first collection of short fiction. Not unexpectedly, the work is superb, but perhaps most noteworthy is the compassion and generosity of spirit that informs it. Notable also is Eugenides’s ongoing focus on the fluid nature of personal identity and the transitional moments in our lives when we must grapple with who we are, who we wish to be, and who we find ourselves becoming. The title story is a disturbing portrait of a 16-year-old Indian American woman who goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid an arranged marriage. “Find the Bad Guy” is a humorous story about a divorced husband and father who is irresistibly drawn back to his home and family despite a temporary restraining order. “Complainers” tells a beautiful, heartbreaking story about the end of a 40-year friendship. These stories skillfully explore the often elusive quest for happiness and self-knowledge, along with the many complexities that attend relationships with family, friends, and lovers. VERDICT Essential for all fans of literary fiction. – Library Journal

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