Things You Should Know: A Collection of Stories

In this stunningly original collection, A. M. Homes writes with terrifying compassion about the things that matter most. Homes's distinctive narrative illuminates our dreams and desires, our memories and losses, and demonstrates how extraordinary the ordinary can be. With uncanny emotional accuracy, wit, and empathy, Homes takes us places we recognize but would rather not go alone.

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By Anna (The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · March 14, 2014
A M Homes excels in writing about the margins of society - the lost, the alone, the confused, the suicidal, the yearning, the indifferent. She does so in such a way that one cannot look away, as if from a car crash. The first person narratives, the closeness to the characters, fosters a feeling o... ...more
By Malcolm (The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · February 28, 2014
There are only a few writers who do broken people quite as well as Homes – although both Barbara Gowdy and Jayne Anne Phillips come close. Many of Homes’s characters are slightly off kilter, alienated, uncertain of their place in the world either by virtue of age or by changed circumstance, in ma... ...more
By Snotchocheez (Guntersville, AL) · ★★★☆☆ · June 18, 2014

2.5 stars

My first encounter with Ms. Homes writing was a decidedly ambivalent affair. I like her writing style, which tends toward the dark end of life- observation. There's just something about this collection of short stories that just left me, I dunno, insensate? I got the impression that Ms.... ...more
By Miguel (Mexico) · ★★★★★ · May 07, 2014
Los relatos de A.M. Homes son especiales, no se parecen en nada a cualquier otra cosa, siquiera a ellos mismos: cada uno es diferente. Pero no va tanto por ver qué tan impresionante es el argumento del próximo cuento(aunque también lo tiene) sino lo suyo es el desarrollo, lo que hace es Escritura... ...more
By Sheri (Seattle, WA) · ★★★★★ · August 10, 2009
I am in love with A.M. Homes. I ended up savoring these stories as long as I could, but like any good addiction I devoured them. This is the kind of writing I'm envious of people to have the first experience of. ...more
By Kendall (Moultonborough, NH) · November 10, 2008
I read another collection of her short stories call The Safety of Objects.' I read this book based on my experience with that one and based on a blurb at Salon.com. For me- this book is a mixed bag. All her stories kind have that feel you get when you see something horrible- like some gross injur... ...more
By Spike (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 10, 2009
There are only a few good stories in here, which serve as bookends for this largely uneven collection. The best of the lot are "Remedy", "The Former First Lady and the Football Hero" (which appeared in Zoetrope), and my favorite, "Rockets Around the Moon". "Rockets" is an insightful look into the... ...more
By Laura (Hong Kong, Hong Kong) · ★★★★☆ · November 12, 2013
I picked this book up off my bookshelf by mistake (I thought it was if nobody speaks of remarkable things by jon mcgregor) and my friend who had left it in my house by accident said "it was okay." I therefore had very low expectations. However, I really enjoyed it.

This collection of eleven short... ...more
By Jim (West Chester, PA) · ★★★★☆ · November 28, 2012
An interesting collection of short stories from AM Homes, though I enjoyed her earlier collection, The Safety of Objects, a little bit more.

Georgica is a beautifully strange tale of a woman who continually tries to inseminate herself in a most unconventional way. While what occurs in the story i... ...more
By Caitlin (Clearwater, FL) · ★★★☆☆ · April 13, 2009
Everything I've read of AM Homes's writing has been - at least to me - all about finding the humanity in those we see as broken. This collection isn't any different. There is a part of her that seems to delight in grossing her reader out, to which anyone who read "The End of Alice" can attest. Sh... ...more