Ladies and Gentlemen

Recent Press Cov­er­age for Ladies and Gentlemen

  • The Scots­man

    Jan­u­ary 29, 2012
    There’s some­thing reward­ing about reach­ing the twist in Futures, the first in this book of short sto­ries by Adam Ross. We know a twist is com­ing, but there’s a nig­gling sense that Ross might just leave things open to inter­pre­ta­tion… Read More

  • The Guardian

    Jan­u­ary 14, 2012
    Adam Ross wears his moral com­pass on his sleeve in these short sto­ries, writ­ten at the same time as his debut novel… Read More

  • Chap­ter 16

    Decem­ber 12, 2011
    Crit­ics like to com­pare Nashville nov­el­ist Adam Ross to other writ­ers, and not to your aver­age, every­day, ordi­nary writ­ers, either. Per­haps it’s inevitable that Ross, who is the author of Mr. Peanut (Knopf, 2010) and Ladies and Gen­tle­men (Knopf, 2011), should inspire… Read More

  • The List

    Decem­ber 12, 2011
    In spite of the dark, com­i­cally cruel note struck by this short story col­lec­tion, Ladies and Gen­tle­men makes sur­pris­ingly quick and easy read­ing. As with his 2010 debut novel, Mr. Peanut, Adam Ross suf­fuses his prose with com­pelling intrigue and off­beat humour. But these seven tales feel more… Read More

  • New York Times Sun­day Book Review

    July 22, 2011
    Adam Ross’s first novel, “Mr. Peanut,” which came out last year, show­cased blaz­ingly orig­i­nal work by a writer whose influ­ences ranged from Ray­mond Chan­dler to Italo Calvino. His sec­ond book, a col­lec­tion of sto­ries, con­firms the promise of his first. “Ladies and Gen­tle­men” is clever in all the right ways, even while pay­ing homage to the most tra­di­tional of forms. Read More

  • The Barnes and Noble Review

    July 15, 2011
    Cru­elty comes in all kinds of col­ors. There’s blithe cru­elty that makes light of itself. Gross cru­elty that makes no excuses for itself. Passive-aggressive cru­elty (which is really just aggres­sive cru­elty with­out the courage to admit it). And the coup de cru­elty: care­less, casual cru­elty that cuts so finely it barely leaves a sur­face wound. But beneath the sur­face, the dam­age can be deep indeed. Read More

  • Port­land Mercury

    July 7, 2011
    After the suc­cess of his debut novel Mr. Peanut, writer Adam Ross turned his atten­tion to the short story—because appar­ently it is not enough for this man’s lit­er­ary ambi­tions to achieve thump­ing suc­cess in only one form. Read More

  • Chap­ter 16

    July 5, 2011
    Read­ers who ven­ture into Ladies and Gen­tle­men, Adam Ross’s new col­lec­tion of short sto­ries, can’t say they weren’t warned: the title alone sug­gests boys and girls behav­ing badly. (Is that prim phrase ever used uniron­i­cally any­more?) But just in case any­one is inclined to hope the naugh­ti­ness will be light­hearted, Ross has tacked on an omi­nous epi­graph from George Eliot: “Cru­elty, like every other vice, requires no motive out­side of itself; it only requires oppor­tu­nity.” Add to those sig­ni­fiers the fact that Ross is the author of Mr. Peanut, a widely acclaimed novel that Stephen King called “the most riv­et­ing look at the dark side of mar­riage since Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Wolf?,” and any reader should know there will be plenty of ugli­ness within. Read More

  • SFGate

    July 3, 2011
    Adam Ross is clearly in love with sto­ry­telling and the power of sto­ries. And while that may seem like a fairly obvi­ous obser­va­tion to make about a fic­tion writer, all too often authors of short fic­tion seem will­ing — in their quest for sub­tle char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and that elu­sive, quiet “moment of mean­ing” — to place sec­ond­hand impor­tance on plot, as if giv­ing read­ers a rea­son to eagerly turn the page is some­how beneath them. Read More

  • The New York Times

    June 20, 2011
    [The] sto­ries in this vol­ume are old-fashioned, almost O. Hen­ryesque tales that point up … Mr. Ross’s extra­or­di­nary gifts as a writer. Not only does Mr. Ross pos­sess glit­ter­ing pow­ers of descrip­tion and a heat-seeking eye for emo­tional and phys­i­cal detail, but he’s also able to cap­ture the way peo­ple talk today with flu­ency and panache… Read More

  • South­ern Lit­er­ary Review

    June 16, 2011
    Known for his abil­ity to nav­i­gate dif­fi­cult human rela­tion­ships in Mr. Peanut, Ross does it again here, with a mod­ern edgi­ness that rings true…He dips our feet into uncom­fort­able waters and makes us face, with clar­ity, the hor­rific things we do to one another. Ross is no doubt one of the most bril­liant writ­ers of our time… Read More

  • Kirkus Reviews

    May 1, 2011
    Fol­low­ing his daz­zling debut, Ross drops seven more doses of dis­qui­et­ing fears and mis­lead­ing hopes… Read More