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Fresh Complaint

Fresh Complaint: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides

NPR review:

“Jeffrey Eugenides’ first short story collection includes works from throughout his career – making it the perfect way to trace the arc of a compelling writer’s work while meeting some new faces along the way.”

Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.

New York Times review:

“Jeffrey Eugenides’s expert debut collection of short stories is his first book since ‘The Marriage Plot’ in 2011.”

Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.

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4.4 out of 5.0

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Jeffrey Eugenides is an astute observer of the crisis of adolescence, self-discovery, family love and what it means to be American in times such as these. His best-selling novels clearly shows his shrewd powers of observation. He has even won a Pulitzer Prize for his beautiful narrations.

The collection of short stories in fresh complaint is not his first groundbreaking literary work but it’s certainly demands mesmerising attention. Contained within the pages are rich and beautifully written tales ranging from the biting productivity antics of Baster to a dreamy moving account of a young traveler’s search for enlightenment in Air Mail. There is riveting accounts of a failed poet who is envious of other people’s wealth during the real-estate bubble and so becomes an embezzler, a clavichordist whose dreams of art founder under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood and a high school student who wishes to escape the strictures of her immigrant family, which leads her to a drastic decision that upends the life of a middle-aged British physicist.

This collection of stories represent true, teal and raw reactions by complex characters amidst personal and national emergencies. The praise for his work is immense:
“While they tend towards traditional rather than edgy, the stories in Fresh Complaint will remind readers what they like about Eugenides’ writing: His sensitivity and compassion for flawed people.” – NPR
“Financial anxiety, envy and greed unite the short stories in this excellent collection from the Pulitzer prize winner.” – The Guardian
“Jeffrey Eugenides has put together a masterful collection of short stories written over a period of three decades, some of them well before and some well after the publication of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Middlesex, in 2002.” – Washington Independent Review of Books

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