Baby and Other Stories by Paula Bomer

Baby and Other Stories

Paula Bomer is a dangerous writer. The short stories in her debut collection are subversive portraits of the modern American family. From a husband who traces his internal crisis to witnessing his wife giving birth, to a mother who forces her young son on a rainy walk through a cemetery as she contemplates the detritus of her marriage, Bomers characters are hauntingly familiar. Their fear and rage, their failures and desires are our own.


Details Baby and Other Stories

TitleBaby and Other Stories
ISBN9780977934379
Author
Release DateOct 15th, 2010
PublisherWord Riot Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreShort Stories, Fiction
Rating

Reviews Baby and Other Stories

  • Paul Bryant
    1970-01-01
    A REVIEW AND A COMMENT ABOUT THE DAMN BLURBSuppose a guy writes a book of short stories about lawnmowers. You’d have to say he had a particular interest in them, I’d say. But suppose all these lawnmowers were either broken or leaking oil all over the lawn or aggressively running over someone’s foot and severing a toe, you’d be forgiven thinking that the author had some bad grass-cutting experiences which he was working through by means of...
  • Jackie
    1970-01-01
    These stories are what would happen if Mary Gaitskill characters got married and had kids. Brilliant, subversive, psychologically rich stuff.
  • Andrea
    1970-01-01
    I loved Bomer's second book of short stories, INSIDE MADELINE, and I enjoyed this book as well, though not as much. I have realized that her stories, when collected, lose some of their magic because they have such similar subject matter and characters.
  • Magalí Etchebarne
    1970-01-01
    Leí la traducción de Momofuku. Me encantó, es salvaje. No es la soledad de los solteros ni de los divorciados, ni la tristeza de los vínculos que se terminan o que no se pueden; son todos infiernos en familia. El drama de las parejas con bebés. Me pareció feroz cómo narra la maternidad, creo que te aleja mil kilómetros del deseo de ser madre o padre.
  • Melanie Page
    1970-01-01
    If your first reaction to a book is that you liked it because you related to the characters, I feel like you're not reading diversely enough. I can't relate to the characters in Baby at all. Most of them I didn't like. But Bomer also asks me to be empathetic toward characters who have reached their limits, characters who find themselves attached--for life--to people they never wanted in their lives in the first place, namely children. Other chara...
  • Glenn
    1970-01-01
    Paula Bomer is a master of subtle touches, of choosing the precise word or image or idea to capture the difficult emotional truth of her characters. In depicting people at the very edge of their known limits, she shows how thin the line can be between civility and hostility, and the yeoman efforts required to preserve one’s own dignity in the face of revealed truth, hard and unsparing. Her scenarios are often deceptively prosaic: a man confront...
  • Anush
    1970-01-01
    I am a bit ambivalent about this book, because even though I think the writing is good, and the stories are easy to read and full of human emotion, the book is a real downer. These are stories about husbands hating their wives, mothers full of resentment towards their children, families devoid of happiness and affection. The one that got to me the most was the story of the husband feeling disgusted and apathetic towards his wife's lung infection,...
  • Casey
    1970-01-01
    I have to say, I think I basically hated this book. It was a collection of the world's most depressing short stories, and each story featured completely unlikable characters. If it were funnier, I wouldn't mind the depressing aspects, but it only made me laugh a few times. Also, I found them kind of indistinguishable from one another. Look, here's a story about how marriage won't make you happy if you're already unhappy. Look, here's another! AND...
  • Cait S
    1970-01-01
    I usually am not a short story anthology kind of person. I just feel like they never give me enough to be memorable or to really make me care. But these ones! Holy crap.Maybe it's a really bad thing considering the subject matters but I kept reading going "Oh my god, that's me." "Oh my god, I've thought that exact same thing." "Oh my god, she put that thing I feel into words." It was eerie and also awesome because if someone can write about it, i...
  • Cheryl
    1970-01-01
    This book is so dark it won't be for everyone, but I really liked its realistic portrayals of the darker sides of believable characters. I could imagine meeting any one of the characters out on the street, and it's interesting to know that these thoughts could be running through those random people's heads. Character development was excellent, and the subject matter was sometimes harsh and raw but also relatable and honest.
  • Mark
    1970-01-01
    Brilliantly sick and twisted stories told in a raw and incredibly honest way. Bomer has serious insight into some despicable characters and tells it like it is whether you want to hear the darker side of life or not. Gut wrenching read about some unfathomably horrible people!
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    Paula Bomer is fearless. Her stories are thrilling in the strangest ways.
  • María Jimena
    1970-01-01
    Las historias son un diez pero la traducción de la edición de Momofuku es bastante mala, tiene errores ortográficos.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    A series of short, character sketches, each independent, mostly centered around mothers and relationships with their husbands, children, families. I was not expecting such raw accounts of mostly negative feelings toward the characters' closest relations. Most examine how relationships turn sour and/or how the characters' hopes in relationships are not realized and the negative feelings that fill their lives instead.There was not one uplifting sto...
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    This was my book club pick and I'm sure there will be adamant haters of this book. But, I thought the writing was better than many others' and there were pieces in each story that were relatable for me. This is definately not a happy book; it may be the darkest writing that I've ever read. That said, the cynicism and disillusionment seemed real unlike other writers who just come across as pissed off. Bomer uses the "c" word in a way that doesn't ...
  • Shaaru Retnakumar
    1970-01-01
    While reading itself is voyeurism reading this collection is sort of like being in someone's house where you have no business being and looking through their things and judging and feeling good that they suck and your life is awesome. The characters are almost always in some throes of suffering and hatred and also, mothers. I found it quite convincing. The main drawback however is that all characters in the end are indistinguishable, they merge a...
  • Katie Cruel
    1970-01-01
    From a craft perspective, these aren't poorly written short stories, but nothing about them strikes me as interesting, unique, or special. Most of them seem variants of the same situation and characters and the lack of diversity was underwhelming.I guess my main thought while trudging through this book was that the writer lacks a understanding of subtlety and momentum. These stories don't allow themselves room for development; everything from mea...
  • Luisa Fer
    1970-01-01
    Took it from the library and read halfway through between yesterday afternoon and evening. It has been a long time since I read something that stabbed me in the gut. With fiction you always have the consolation that someone invented it, but in these stories, real life isn't made up,it's the truth. Real life can only be portrayed and, like a photograph, her writing is extremely faithful to reality.A book like this could make many people think twic...
  • Pat Pujolas
    1970-01-01
    This book is why I read fiction. To examine the inner life of other human beings. To measure the depth and height of our emotions. And to awaken from a strange and perfect dream. The stories here are intense, brutally honest, and provocative. Thematically, the author focuses on the dynamics between mothers and children, as well as husbands and wives. The prose is pitch-perfect and absolutely gorgeous. This book is a knock-out punch of great ficti...
  • Andrea DeAngelis
    1970-01-01
    Wow. The brutal ring of truth in Paula Bomer's narrative style is harsh but addictively humorous. This is an eviscerating collection of short stories, it will take your heart and throw it into a meat grinder and the shreds that you are left with are violently vulnerable morsels that remain embeddened in your memory forever.
  • Christina
    1970-01-01
    OK, I put off finishing this book for a couple of weeks but could put it off no longer. 'Baby' is a collection of painful, almost horror stories about the ugly thoughts women have about themselves and how men see them. The writing was excellent, and I look forward to seeing what Ms. Bomer does next.
  • Carly Thompson
    1970-01-01
    A dark collection of stories that examine the underbelly of contemporary parenting. I didn't read every story in the collection, but the ones that I did really captured the mental and physical exhaustion of parenting young children, and especially the unhappiness and misery that results in strained marriages.
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    I was almost embarrassed while reading some of these stories either because they drew out my greatest fears about myself as a person and the parent I'm about to become or because they made me question the motives of the people of significance in my life right now. It was really well written. And uncomfortably honest.
  • beentsy
    1970-01-01
    All the dark nasty bits of relationships are hiding in this book of short stories. It's like peeking in to the medicine cabinets and bedside tables of strangers. Creepy, wrong-feeling, but impossible to resist.
  • Andrea DeAngelis
    1970-01-01
    Wow. This was a brutal but entertaining read. These difficult and at times despicable characters are seared on my brain forever. When you think Bomer won't go there, she does with abandon and aplomb. Can't wait to read what she does next.
  • Al
    1970-01-01
    This book was disappointing. Too many of the stories were so alike - lousy marriages in Brooklyn. Finally at the end the author wrote about something slightly different or at least a new setting. The writing is good, but I would have enjoyed just a bit more range.
  • Ben
    1970-01-01
    Made me kind of hate other writers for not writing books with the kind of detailed and realistic precision that Bomer does.More - http://bentanzer.blogspot.com/2012/06...
  • Jane
    1970-01-01
    Whoa, a different sort of writing about parenthood. Really good, but very dark.
  • Richard Thomas
    1970-01-01
    Dark stories, raw and honest, powerful and intense. Good stuff.