Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides

Fresh Complaint

The first collection of short fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey EugenidesJeffrey Eugenides’s bestselling novels have shown that he is an astute observer of the crises of adolescence, sexual identity, self-discovery, family love, and what it means to be an American in our times. The stories in Fresh Complaint continue that tradition. Ranging from the reproductive antics of 'Baster' to the wry, moving account of a young trave...

Details Fresh Complaint

TitleFresh Complaint
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreShort Stories, Fiction

Reviews Fresh Complaint

  • Sharon
    I've loved Eugenides' novels--Middlesex is a lifetime fave--but reading this story collection on the heels of work like Difficult Women and Her Body and Other Parties, the stories just feel tame, safe, predictable, and somewhat short on meaning. The Gay and Marchado stories are so wild and raw and fearless and pull the very soul of of you for you to examine, while these are perfectly nice, well-written, mildly contemplative stories. Glad I read i...
  • Terri Jacobson
    This superb collection of short fiction by Jeffrey Eugenides includes stories written between 1988 and 2017. The stories were all new to me. (I've enjoyed Eugenides long fiction and was unaware he wrote stories as well.) The writing in this collection is terrific and the themes are hard-hitting and intense.In Baster, a woman has a party to celebrate her insemination with donor sperm. The ending in this story, as in many, is powerful and somehow s...
  • Lauren
    4.5 Jeffrey Eugenides is back! Not only is he ahead of schedule, but he brought us short stories. This is a wonderful collection that showcases his exquisite writing again and again. Although his last two books were tomes, his impeccable character development certainly doesn’t need many pages to bring his subjects to life. Fresh Complaint is made up of ten short stories over about 300 pages. They take place between the 1980s and present day, ...
  • Louise
    I need to stop reading short stories,I don't particularly enjoy them. I was drawn in by the author though,having enjoyed all his other books.These are well written,with a few leaving you plenty to think about.Unfortunately I always feel cheated the story isn't longer,and there's no more detail.My fault entirely.
  • Sue
    Review copy courtesy of Harper Collins 4th Estate via NetGalley - many thanks. I have read a couple of Jeffrey Eugenides’ novels and admired in particular his development of characters so had high hopes for this collection of short stories, published separately over a couple of decades. It seems to me that short stories must be the hardest to write, to create characters or situations that feel complete and not just leftover bits that didn’t f...
  • Siobhan
    Fresh Complaint is a book of short stories by the acclaimed author of Middlesex, The Marriage Plot, and The Virgin Suicides. The stories mostly focus on characters in moments of personal crisis: money woes, relationship issues, the brink of realisation. Written and originally published across Eugenides’ career, their subject matter varies, though there are clear links to his novels in some of them. They are understated short stories for the mos...
  • Amy P.
    Most of these stories aren't new. There are ten stories total. One or two I'd read before, and several have familiar characters (a doctor from Middlesex; boys from The Marriage Plot). None of them blew me away, although they were solid and enjoyable. I think Eugenides is at his best as a novelist, as none of these stories have the tightness, the economy that defines the very best of the form. Oddly, my favorite of the collection is (I think?) the...
  • Lisa Lazarus
    A brilliantly crafted short story about a women in her 40's who has had a few opportunities with previous relationships to have children but finds herself at this stage of her life single and wanting a child, with the biological tock ticking and resorting to her "Plan B" to have a baby. It is very funny and very sad too, and so cleverly constructed using omniscient and then first person narration.
  • Maddy H.
    "My story is about an unattractive man who’s in love with a beautiful woman. It deals, comedically, with the Darwinist question: is it better to be good-looking or clever?" - Jeffrey EugenidesI can't stop thinking about Eugenides' The Baster. Eugenides introduces us to Thomasina, a 40 year-old woman who makes the decision to artificially inseminate herself with semen following years of unsuccessful relationships. I found the first quarter of ba...