Herb s Pajamas With her own special brand of delicate elliptical and humorous fiction Abigail Thomas offers another extraordinary visit with people she knows far better than they know themselves There s Walter n

  • Title: Herb's Pajamas
  • Author: Abigail Thomas
  • ISBN: 9781565121898
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • With her own special brand of delicate, elliptical, and humorous fiction, Abigail Thomas offers another extraordinary visit with people she knows far better than they know themselves There s Walter, newly abandoned by his wife there s Edith, a fiftyish virgin there s Bunny, taking care of her mother and her mother s boyfriend and there s Belle, whose married lover diesWith her own special brand of delicate, elliptical, and humorous fiction, Abigail Thomas offers another extraordinary visit with people she knows far better than they know themselves There s Walter, newly abandoned by his wife there s Edith, a fiftyish virgin there s Bunny, taking care of her mother and her mother s boyfriend and there s Belle, whose married lover dies in the hallway wearing her dead husband Herb s pajama top Blindly, they encounter one another in ways the reader recognizes are profound even as the characters themselves are unaware The genius and the art in this collection derives from the possibility that these ships might actually find each other by daylight If only these four could get together they d be so good for each other Written with an expert touch, and a wise and tender sensibility The effect is subtle, strong, and comic Charles Baxter, author of BELIEVERS and BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE It s hard to think she is capable of writing anything that isn t immediately engaging and a joy to read Probably someone should publish her shopping lists Elizabeth Berg, author of TALK BEFORE SLEEP A BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB SELECTION

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    1. A quick and easy read that is broken down into short stories about a pretty eclectic group of people. I found it interesting that in most cases the characters some way knew each other. The people are generally down and out in one way or another, but at the same time the writer is able to bring laughter into some of the darkest of situations. I am not usually fond of books that are made up of short stories, but I enjoyed the way this book flowed and it felt more like a novel of one story as oppos [...]

    2. “Herb’s Pajamas,” written in 1998 by an author I’ve only recently discovered thanks to an Ann Patchett recommendation, is a book of four short stories. Abigail Thomas writes about Walter, Edith, Bunny and Belle, four people living in New York City, all strangers, all easily overlooked, perhaps lost.Their interior lives reveal a depth that is unexpected, asking questions, taking risks, holding back, sharing compassion and understanding for the people they come in contact with, concerned a [...]

    3. 3.5 stars but a higher 3.5 than Thomas' other book of stories I read. I'm done my reading of Abigail Thomas books now - I've read 5 in the past 3 months -and I've enjoyed it. She's a talented writer and her books are pleasant ones to read. This book of short stories was really good. I preferred it to her other book of stories I just read. The plots and characters were unique and they were enjoyable people to spend some time with. I recommend the book.

    4. I was tempted to write Abigail Thomas a letter after reading her collection of short stories Herb’s Pajamas. This is what I would have written: Dear Ms. Thomas, I cried. I cried and cried. My lips quivered and my nose and eyes squished together so tightly they squeezed snot and tears out at the same time. I haven’t cried like that since I read Where the Red Fern Grows. Congratulations, Ms. Thomas, you made me fall in love with your characters because of a tiny pair of manicure scissors and [...]

    5. Laid-back, perfect set of four stories of people that live in the same apartment building in New York City. Thomas goes for atmosphere and emotion in how she tells the story of each person. There are a lot of poignant images and realistic characters that populate this book. There are so many little truths and clever understatements, not a single word is wasted. This is the kind of book that makes you happy to be a reader, top marks!

    6. I am on an Abigail Thomas kick. After reading "Safekeeping" a few years ago and loving it, for some reason I did not investigate more of her work until her most recent book, and then I realized she has written quite a bit. So Herb's Pajamas was her "usual" pithy rendition - I love her brevity and yet she paints such deep and wide landscapes by focusing in on small things. I also didn't know she was the daughter of the scientist, Lewis Thomas. Onward! To the next one!

    7. the Beatles sand a song about "all the lonely people, where do they all belong"? this is about the same with great characters. favorite quote is a mother telling his newly divorced older son, " Piffle" his mother replied. "love is a detail. Walter. There's a lot of life to get through and love is only a part of it. A detail. A scrap of ribbon."pg 35

    8. Written by Abigail Thomas, the author of "Three Dog Life," this is a series of short stories that sort of inter-connect. But the connections are so tenuous that I'll have to reread the entire book to make sure I find all the connections. Still very good writing; she has a unique view of the world, quirky yet often deep.

    9. Abigail Thomas puts a face on the apartment dwellers of New York that is at once individual and vulnerable. Her four short stories in this collection lightly connect in the reality of her fiction and strongly connect to humanity at large.

    10. Four stories about love and loss that gently overlap. The first two are masterful, full of longing and hope. The third is heartbreaking. The title story is actually the shortest and least in depth. This book warrants multiple reads.

    11. I enjoyed this book more than any I've read for a long time. The characters in the cleverly interwoven stories are interesting and very well-drawn. Their plights are compelling, moving and often amusing. Vivid descriptions too. I will look for other books by this author.

    12. very precisely written. clear and concise and yet loaded sentences. 3 stories that loosely overlap. there is tragedy, but it's not overthetop woe is me. i want to read more from her.

    13. These are very loosely related short stories about the inner lives of several people with a connection to the same neighborhood in New York City. Fun.

    14. The two longer stories in this book I read and thought, meh. But the last two shorter stories I may never forget. How am I supposed to rate such a book?

    15. This is a great little book with 4 short stories featuring people whose lives cross. Her writing is so character oriented yet full of little details that anchor the characters in reality.

    16. Great, simple stories. Thoroughly enjoyable. Very accessible, not exhaustingly elaborate like so much literary fiction. Beautiful characters and settings.

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