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Delicate Men: Stories

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The stories in Delicate Men explore the socialization and cultural norms men and boys in contemporary society face and what happens when an individual fails to live up to those expectations. And though these are individual lives and stories, a strong, common thread unites them all in their frustration, sometimes even guilt, for not being the men they think they are suppose ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 148 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by Alternative Book Press (first published December 27th 2014)
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Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Continuing striking out and, unlike some of the characters in this book, don’t even know baseball enough to make a clever allegory. Latest Netgalley find, a collection of short stories about men from distinctly male perspectives, much acclaimed and fairly underwhelming book. Small enough, start to finish maybe 95 minutes, one sitting read, but nothing really special about it. Best stories are from the middle to the end, excluding the last one. I prefer short stories that are actual stories, just ...more
Cristie Underwood
The author of this book did a great job of writing stories that conveyed the struggle between boyhood and manhood. The insecurities of these men was well-written. I cannot wait to read more work from this author.
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Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delicate Men is a well-written collection of stories that all drive home considerations of men and society. The book flew by for me, and I almost finished it in one sitting. Really nice prose at work here from R. Dean Johnson.
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
My original Delicate Men audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Commonly, society expects women to be the nurturers bearing the heavy burden of emotional support where as men are the hunters/providers who are exempt from showing much in the way of emotion.  They are strong and expected to just know their way to adult hood.  Delicate Men uses Zach, Jim, Collin, Garret and others who are in the process of growing into manhood and who are still very fresh and inexperien
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These stories, told with deft storytelling assuredness, are peopled with the delicate, the fragile, and the foolish. There's wisdom and heart and humanity here and we, the reader, are better for having been drawn into them. And while all the stories are splendid, "Captain of the Drive" might just be a damn near perfect short story. ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was sent a galley of Delicate Men, as I had the privilege to publish "Cards for All Occasions," which is included in this collection.

The stories here find male characters (not only men, but "delicate" adolescents) finding there way through maturity and discovering their own sense of masculinity. Their exploits take place at home, in bars, on the ball field, in the workplace, and more. The stories explore the characters' wills and insecurities and sexuality as they navigate through relationshi
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is very difficult to write a review of a collection from a man I look up to as a mentor of the craft of writing, so I will simply say this: Johnson occupies a permanent home on my shelf next to Carver and Hemingway, all masters of the psyche of the Average Joe.
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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i love it when a book surprises me. excellent narration, succinct storytelling. well done.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Short story collections are never easy to sum up in a review because they have varying degrees of interest for each reader, and this one is no different. Delicate Men follows stories of men who are trying to do what they think they are supposed to do because of who they are, where they are or simply because they are men. Almost none of these men live up the standards they feel are imposed upon them.

What was interesting to me about this collection isn't that the stories all follow a similar them
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I haven't been R Dean Johnson my whole life. My parents named me Robert Dean Johnson, Jr. They called me Bobby. Everyone did until high school when I graduated to Bob. It felt mature, so I went with it. Who doesn't like a guy named Bob Johnson? It's a fine name up until the point you think you might want to be a writer.

I didn't know I'd want to become a writer. In fact, I started college at Cal Po

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