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A confident, poignant collection filtered with debauchery, melancholy and black humour, Being Normal is an examination of loneliness, rejection and the idiosyncrasies of living in and against contemporary society. Stephen Shieber brings together the glory of everyday nothingness and elevates it to great drama; where loveless marriage, teen angst, childhood misadventure, lo ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published August 11th 2008 by tontobooks
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Stephanie (Stepping Out Of The Page)
I devoured this book and read it almost continuously. I'm not usually a fan of short stories, but I would definitely make an exception for this. Being Normal is a great collection of stories that really bring it's characters to life and that really makes an impact. Some of the storylines are pretty intense and Shieber seems to write about subjects regarding issues such as self harm and mental health with ease. The book feels very direct and personal and it is clear that nothing is being held bac ...more
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Shelves: humour, short-stories
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‘Being Normal’ by Stephen Shieber

Published by Tonto Books – ISBN 978-0-955-6326-2-4

175 Pages - £7.99

‘Being Normal’ is a collection of short stories, written by Stephen Shieber, which focuses on the minutiae of life, rather than the big dramas.

It looks at life from a number of different perspectives, with each of the 14 stories shedding lives on a group of disparate characters, often finding themselves in situations that are far from being ideal.

‘Being Normal’ follows a young man, who
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Jamieson
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What is normal?

I remember pondering this question when, in my younger days, I spent a great deal of time trying to fit in with the norm. I grew up in safe, predictable, white bread suburbia and it turned out that I was anything but normal.

Still, I tried to ignore my nonconformity to the social norms around me and continued to try and fit it, to try and assimilate myself into the society around me which constantly reminded me that I would never fit in, I would never be normal.

It wasn’t until year
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D.J.
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I've finished reading Being Normal by Stephen Shieber...

When I write finished I should clarify that I started it late one night, forced myself to put it down and get some sleep (and to not pick it up in the morning before work), then finished it on the train to London the very next evening.

I may have had the self restraint to not read it before work but I did talk about it at work and I have to confess that I also emailed several people about it before and during work...I blame Stephen!

This boo
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