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In Dagen van inkeer schrijft A.M. Homes met de voor haar zo kenmerkende humor en compassie over het moderne leven. Bijna dertig jaar na het verschijnen van haar debuutbundel De veiligheid der dingen weet ze ook nu opnieuw de oppervlakkigheid en hypocrisie van Amerika bloot te leggen, zonder daarbij het menselijk aspect uit het oog te verliezen. Zo komen in het titelverhaal ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 2018 by De Bezige Bij
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Roxane
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved loved loved May We Be Forgiven and am a fan of Homes. This just wasn't the collection for me. Many of the stories are very dialogue driven which is fine. The dialogue is sharp and clever and maybe that's the problem. At times, everything feels just too clever. For sure, I read the whole book and felt like I learned something from reading these stories, but I can't say that I loved most of the stories or would want to read them again. The narrative voice felt too similar from one story to ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I was unaware of A.M. Homes' new story collection until I listened to an interview of her on KCRW Bookworm, but it made me request it immediately. I listened to the interview again after finishing because I like hearing her perspective on her own stories. Apparently some of them are based on a character from her first book of stories, The Safety of Objects (the character of Cheryl in this collection.)

First of all, the title story is my favorite, about two academics who have a long history hookin
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Kasa Cotugno
The eponymous first story is definitely the strongest, which is a shame. It showed what was possible. Also reminded me of the days when you'd buy an entire 33 1/3 LP on the strength of one song. A. M. Homes is a proven, talented, award-winning writer with a large following, but after reading several of her works, I find her novels more successful than her short fiction. They seemed unable to get off the ground.
Martie Nees Record
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Viking
Pub. Date: June 5, 2018

If you want a razor sharp look into the absurdities of present-day life that will force you to admit your own ego issues, then this is your book. But be prepared: some of it may be difficult to interpret. This short story collection is penned by the author A.M. Homes. Homes is known for her controversial novels and unusual short stories. She has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship. This is literar
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SueKich
Sep 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Short shrift.

It’s bad enough to be disappointed by any book but to be disappointed by a book written by an author you love is glum-making in the extreme. I couldn’t get on with this at all, I’m afraid. Didn’t like the characters, didn’t like the stories, found myself skipping swathes. No, I’m just not going to spend any more time on this one.
Michael
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed. I love Homes. I didn't like this book.
Caroline
When Alice Munro won the Nobel, her editor described her prose as untouchable – as in, needing no touch. It’s a perilous detail, but Treisman coined a term the rest of us can use: ‘the Munrovian step’, to describe the annihilating plot shifts Munro pairs with the ability to “gently carry us forward, through the revelation, through the surprise or shock of it, to some kind of understanding, some acceptance, whether rueful or joyful.”

I’d read Munro as a master of small violence, but it is that gen
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Ann
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I appreciate the themes that Homes was approaching in this story collection; some of these stories fell short in that they were hard to follow. I believe a good short story is a refined art and for this I look forward to reading Homes’ earlier story collections. This collection was just “almost there” for me. The author’s satirical commentary on modern, superficial society was pretty brilliant, but not always brilliantly executed. A couple of these stories were somehow linked together by c ...more
Leo Robertson
How to write an AM Homes short story:

- Come up with a central conflict of two characters, foils to one another
- Make them come together somehow
- Introduce a third and fourth conflict. Then a fifth and sixth!
- Send characters flailing all over the world
- Forget your point
- Sum it up by using a central image that appeared in the first scene. "She looked in the mirror for the second time that week."
- Pretend that's as good as having a point.
Sara
An uneven collection but goddamn that title story
Steph VanderMeulen
Brilliant. Perfect. As only A.M. Homes can do. One of my favourite books of the year, and definitely one of my favourite story collections ever.
Michelle
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
What I loved most about this collection of stories was the variety between stories. Certainly some stories had similar themes, tones, and feels, but there were also some strange stories worked in there too that I found refreshing in their own way.

My favorite stories were Brother Sunday, Days of Awe, Hello Everybody, All Is Good Except For the Rain, Your Mother Was a Fish, A Prize for Every Player, and She Got Away. I enjoyed how certain themes were threaded through the stories.

I noticed that m
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Karen LeBlanc
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In an interview with The Guardian, author A.M. Homes once said of her work,” What I'm doing, which sometimes makes people uncomfortable, is saying the things we don't want to say out loud." Her latest novel, Days of Awe, a short story collection, makes the reader fidget and wince at uncomfortable prose that gets under your skin and characters who simultaneously invoke sympathy and revulsion.

Reading each of these stories, I immediately transported myself into the scenes that the author writes so
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Matthew
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We’ve all got our quirks (I have countless amounts); they’re what distinguish us, make us human. Normalcy, on its surface, is nothing more than a disguise for peculiarities, an anxiety mask many of us adorn on a daily basis. And yet when stripped away and presented starkly naked are we truly ourselves, idiosyncrasies and all.

The characters presented in the stories that make up A.M. Homes’s latest collection, the fascinating Days of Awe, are just like anyone else: anxious, uneasy, quirky. Above
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Nancy
When I worked at Mirabella Magazine one of the editors I worked for there turned me on to Homes’ books and I don’t like writing mediocre reviews for authors whose careers I not only respect, but love to read. I found the vastly different writing styles that Homes delivered in this collection very incongruous. Each story was like a different flavor of ice cream and most of them didn’t go down well. My two favorites (5⭐s) were the title story and The National Cage Bird Show - brilliant idea and te ...more
Shelley
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
I read the title story Days of Awe in the New Yorker and was quite impressed. I was eager to read more of her work, but I must say I was mostly disappointed by the other 11 stories in this collection. Days of Awe was clearly the best of the bunch. Only three of the others seemed fairly interesting: Hello Everybody, The National Cage Bird Show, and A Prize for Every Player. The rest were just too weird and contrived. It felt like someone was trying to jazz up a recipe for vegetarians by adding to ...more
Straw
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have problems with the trans - and homophobia in the book. I know this is an author that likes to be incendiary. That being said, some of these stories deeply moved me and some were hilariously scathing critiques of the modern United States.
Kaci Pelias
there was a story abt a guy escaping to disneyland in search of happiness but other than that, this was too white and cishet for my taste!
Aharon
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As scratchy, stiff and odd as the dress shirt you're forced to wear to the house of the aunt who gave it to you.
Mitch Karunaratne
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Im not a short story fan - I find them super tricky....but this was my bookclub pick, so I gave it a go. I think the problem I had was I could admire the writing, see how clever the author was at creating dynamics and quickly building character but I want to be entertained when I read. I want to loose myself and explore other worlds. This was super well written, the writing was taunt, precise and evocative - but few of the stories touched me emotionally and I guess I'm learning that that is what ...more
Howard Cincotta
A.M. Homes seems to have dipped her words in acid in these short stories. Merciless character studies can provide distinct pleasures, but after a while, the succession of alienated and depressed characters can become dispiriting.

Many of these tales resemble beautifully crafted clay or glass objects — but with spikes that make them painful to hold. These are stories to admire for their craftsmanship, but never embrace.

Homes possesses an exceeding mordant sense of humor, but one so dark that you h
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Robert
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like A.M. Homes. There are some good stories here. I was only going to give this 3 stars--but the final story, "She Got Away," redeemed it (specifically, the ending, which ends the entire book). The best piece is the title story. In it, Homes sort of has herself as the main character (I assume)--the "transgressive novelist." It's marvelous and, like many of her stories, makes a serious profound comment about the fucked up state of the world and literature.

My least favorite story was "Omega Po
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Isaac L
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Days of Awe lacks the donkey punch power of its predecessors - The Safety of Objects, in particular - but is still better than 99% of short story collections being published today.
In both the written style and the content, the shift away from transgression and towards a more complete and atmospheric sense of empathy is apparent. With Days of Awe, Homes situates herself farther from Palahniuk and closer to DeLillo, both of whom are (directly or obliquely) referenced in the book. Homes is an autho
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Dagny
Dec 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Gave up. So disappointing after the wonderful novel May We Be Forgiven
John Jeffire
After hearing rave reviews, I picked up A.M. Homes “Days of Awe” with great anticipation. I was, in short, expecting to be awed. I wasn’t. These are for the most part good stories, some of them quite good. But they are not great. They possess neither the deftness of Alice Munro nor the raw power of Raymond Carver. There is a vast difference between quirky characters and those that are unrelatable—at times, the effort to create the former results in the latter. I liked the inventiveness of a stor ...more
Claude Bouchard
Mar 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review is from an Advance Reader Copy. This book will be published in hardcover on 06/05/18.

I did not read this entire book. Well, it's not really reading, it's more like "suffering through." Halfway through, I had to stop, I was so bored.

It's a collection of slice-of-life short stories, something which I usually love, but these were a snoozefest. "Hello Everybody" reminded me way too much of the bored teenagers that would have been at home in David Leavitt's "Family Dancing" collection o
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Steve Sokol
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The format follows my favorite genre, unusual short stories only tangentially connected. Several seemingly unrelated themes run throughout, most notably Los Angeles as a vapid and food-obsessed culture. While the assessment is accurate (and comical for a decidedly un-comical collection) I feel the conclusion, that humanity exists even in this place where it is most unnatural, was a bit unsatisfying. Maybe I’m biased as one who really likes LA. But what seemed to be missing was the element that m ...more
Livian Grey
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this collection more down to earth in some aspects than her previous anthologies, but still with the quirky touches she adds to her characters. The National Cage Bird Show is the most interesting to read in terms of presentation: narrative through chat transcript that she manages to make compelling and easy to follow, playing off a sense of, who has it worse comparatively. Days of Awe was probably the closest to personal, the fact she rarely uses character names but still paints realisti ...more
Cherise Wolas
I love A.M. Homes's novels and stories. I might have finished this collection in a day, but I slowed down because with this meaningless glut of thrillers and mysteries, people have come to expect to race through books, and insightful writing should slow you down. Slowing down means the work is meaningful, rather than cotton candy for the neurons. There were certain stories that I truly loved, and others I had to push through. But these stories are not hard to read at all, mostly they move, but t ...more
Alistair
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
So first off, this is another example of my not reading the blurb of books counting against me. I wouldn't have deliberately chosen a short story book for holiday. Not least because I left the granta mag half read at home.
There were probably three decent stories in here, including one I read in granta a couple of issues ago about a couple of old acquaintances meeting at a genocide conference.
But there is an awful lot which was average and a few which I just found irritating- awful people doing s
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A.M. Homes (first name Amy) is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist's book Appendix A: An Elaboration on the Novel the End of A ...more
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