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

  • Larry H
    I'd rate this 3.5 stars.Ever since Jeffrey Eugenides burst on to the literary scene in the early 1990s with The Virgin Suicides , he's proven himself to be an expert commentator on the foibles of the human condition, sex, adolescence, relationships, family dynamics, and, at times, the often-mundane challenges of everyday life. He further cemented that reputation with Middlesex and The Marriage Plot , so when I heard that he'd finally be comin...
  • Elyse
    Audiobook....I like Jeffrey Eugenides. I enjoy his writing - I loved “MiddleSex”.....and I like “The Marriage Plot” much more than most in my local book club. But - I’m so-so about these 10 short stories. I was taken in right away with the first story: “Complainers” — Della and Cathy are friends. Della is much older and married. Della’s husband runs into financial problems after making some risky investments which failed after h...
  • Andrew Smith
    I’d really enjoyed the author’s novel Middlesex (where I discovered a dictionary’s worth of words I previously had no knowledge of) so the opportunity to read a bunch of short stories from the hand of this gifted scribbler was something I wasn’t going to pass up. All of these stories have been previously published in magazines in the period 1989 – 2013. I wouldn’t say there’s a common theme, though a sense of dissatisfaction with l...
  • Meike
    “No one knew what the original music sounded like. You had to make an educated guess and do the best you could. (…) Sometimes you thought you heard the music, especially when you were young, and then you spent the rest of your life trying to reproduce the sound. Everybody’s life was early music.” This collection of ten short stories covers almost three decades of Eugenides’ writing career, from 1988 to the present, and it is interesting...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Melissa
    I was in Austin this past weekend doing a panel for Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America, but I had the first day of the festival all to myself. One of the big events I’d been dying to attend was the panel with Jeffrey Eugenides and Claire Messud. It’s a six hour drive from South Texas up to Austin, and I used the opportunity to finish listening to Fresh Complaint, a collection of stories written between 1988 t...
  • Erin
    So disappointing. I found the last story to be just insulting. I expected better.
  • Beth
    These were undeniably well-written, but had an undercurrent of misogyny that I didn't like--it's the same feeling I get when reading Updike (see especially: Early Music, Baster, and Fresh Complaint). I also would have preferred if the stories were in date order.