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Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories
Winner of the H.L. Davis Award for Short Fiction at the 2004 Oregon Book Awards and GLCA's 2005 New Writers Award, Scott Nadelson’s interrelated short stories are graceful, vivid narratives that bring into sudden focus the spirit and the stubborn resilience of the Brickmans, a Jewish family of four living in suburban New Jersey. The central character, Daniel Brickman, ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Hawthorne Books
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In this portrait of a modern American family, Scott Nadelson chronicles the individual lives of each member of the Brickman family in non-sequential stories that drop us into this decade or that. He gives us the benefit of each person's inner life, letting us get to know and sympathize with them. He weaves each person into nuanced life without ever calling attention to himself as the writer/creator. Highly recommended.
This debut collection of short stories by Willamette visiting professor, Scott Nadelson, is a subtle and evocative tale of the Brickman family. Nadelson's shift in perspectives between stories, reminiscent of Faukner's As I Lay Dying, uses time and point of view to create a layered lens through which the reader can view the intricacies of love and hate in the family setting. His characterisation is slow but consistent, allowing unique details, both physical and internal, to speak volumes.
Brilliantly assembled The Brickman Stories create a universe around a family with a collection of heart wrenching and well written stories. Saving Stanley, the opener is a phenomenal beginning and lays the foundation for several stories which bounce around in time and perspective all with the common thread of the same family. What I really love about The Brickman Stories is that it works both as a novel and as individual stories. It's masterfully crafted and should not be missed.
Scott Nadelson grew up in northern New Jersey before escaping to Oregon, where he has lived for the past eighteen years. He has published three collections of short stories--Aftermath, The Cantor's Daughter, and Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories--and a memoir, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress. His newest books are the novel, Between You and Me and the story collection The Fourth ...more