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short stories by the cousin of Jennifer Weiner Not a great book Boring but with some lesson to them. When I was In high school I read The Oranging of America 1979 or 1980 in an English class with a great teacher Mr Brock After that class I attended college where the author was on faculty, and so read pretty much whatever he wrote As time flies by I lost track of things and was pleased to see The Jew of Home Depot in The Free Library of Philadelphia As I finished each story I was reminded about his elegant style of delivering the ending with great equivocation. This Is The First Collection To Appear In Twenty Years From One Of America S Best Short Story Writers His Thirteen Stories Are Marvelous Funny, Heartbreaking, And Wise By Turns, And On Occasion All Three At Once I love Max Apple his novel The Propheteers in particular but I struggled with this collection of stories Apple, like Donald Barthelme or George Saunders, is usually fairly adept at capturing and reveling in absurdity, but in many of these stories, the absurd part is just tacked on at the end, and a story that seemed to be about one thing becomes something else in the last sentence I m all for the element of surprise, but I found myself rereading some of these stories and trying to figure out if I had missed something that made me fail to make the last sentence leap My ultimate, somewhat sad conclusion I don t think I missed anything If you re interested in Max Apple and you really should be, especially if you like Barthelme, Saunders, or Robert Coover you may want to start with either The Oranging of America or Free Agents, both collections of stories, or the fantastic Propheteers Save The Jew of Home Depot for later, and enjoy the thrill of Apple s words and perspective without getting too hung up on those weirdly abrupt endings. I got this recommendation from Donald Barthlemle s reading list It was pretty okay, nothing really spectacular The stories range from passable to pretty good, with a sort of similar structure in each one, usually ending on the moment of choice for the protagonist That structure got pretty boring after a while tbh. A surprise of a collection for me the stories are spare, startling in their humor a man takes his mother to a hypnotistwho uses the same tape for dogs and people , and perfectly formed I especially loved Strawberry Shortcake and Adventures in Dementia, both about a woman with Alzheimer s and her son Best read slowly, a story a day. Character driven short stories that read as real, until they suddenly don t Too often I was left wondering why the story ended and what was the point I don t need everything tied up, but most of the stories are only loose ends Fine, obviously, but not ideal IMHO. Interesting stories having to do mostly with being Jewish. Daniel Green is pretty good So I ll give you his review Sue Russell Library Journal quoting myselfdo I need permission Apple s new story collection, his third after an absence of 20 years from the genre, sets up variations on the stranger in a strange land theme The stranger is often a Diaspora Jew, and the strange land could be Buenos Aires, Cleveland, or a carwash in Las Vegas In the title story, the strange land is Marshall, TX, where dying 80 year old Jerome Baumgarten, a retail giant and acquaintance of Wal Mart magnate Sam Walton, orders himself from Brooklyn a bunch of real Jews, I ll pay their way and make it worth their while In this story and others, the characters are well drawn rather than caricatures out of Central Casting, and the transformation each encompasses is both surprising and well earned In a pair of memorable stories, Strawberry Shortcake and Adventures in Dementia, the strange land is the country of advanced Alzheimer s, where the humor is both unexpected and familiar to any adult child who has gained entry by force of circumstance into this chaotic territory Readers will find much to admire, along with a respite from the typical geography of the American short story With Apple s stories, we know we re a long way from either the Carver trailer park or the Cheever suburb, and that s a welcome place to be Recommended for public and university libraries.