The Virginity of Famous Men

The Virginity of Famous Men

Stories

Book - 2016
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"The Virginity of Famous Men, award-winning story writer Christine Sneed's deeply perceptive collection on the human condition, features protagonists attempting to make peace with the paths they have taken thus far. In "The Prettiest Girls," a location scout for a Hollywood film studio falls in love with a young Mexican woman who is more in love with the idea of stardom than with this older American man who takes her with him back to California. "Clear Conscience" focuses on the themes of family loyalty, divorce, motherhood, and whether "doing the right thing" is, in fact, always the right thing to do. In "Beach Vacation," a mother realizes that her popular and coddled teenaged son has become someone she has difficulty relating to, let alone loving with the same maternal fervor that once was second nature to her. The title story, "The Virginity of Famous Men," explores family and fortune"--
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2016
ISBN: 9781620406960
9781620406953
Branch Call Number: FIC Snee
Characteristics: 305 pages

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storytimekelly Mar 05, 2017

I'm not usually drawn to short story collections, but I'd read an intriguing review about this one. I'm glad I picked it up because I loved it! The characters were vivid and compelling and the stories were thoughtful. They ranged from the weird to completely relatable and there wasn't a dud in the bunch. I highly recommend giving this one a try!

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xiaojunbpl12
Jan 24, 2017

Some brilliant (even though predictable) stories (the first four in the collection), the title story doesn't work the best for me. Stories of infamous (less privileged) people seem to ring the brighter bell (e.g.: Five Rooms, Whatshisname, Clear Conscience, Words That Once Shocked Us).
In terms of narrative style, some are highly original though, "The New, All-True CV" appeals to me much stronger than "Roger Weber Would Like to Stay".

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Frybyte
Sep 07, 2016

I really liked her other volume of short stories ( and not liked her novels) so I bought this and am reading it slowly, savoring it sometimes I know where it's going and sometimes I don't.
There's joy in discovery.

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