JR: When I first discovered Adam Ross it came in the form of Mr. Peanut, his debut novel. From there things moved very quickly, and now Adam Ross is waiting in the wings with his second book, a collection of short stories, Ladies & Gentlemen.
I am in the cat bird seat here, and feel very lucky to have this rare chance to look at these stories months before they goes on-sale. To watch Mr. Ross thread the needle with a short story, instead of the giant masterpiece that was his debut, is great fun.
In the first story, ‘Futures,’ we meet a man looking for a job. He is not unlike other people you know, he might even be a little bit like you. David Applelow is desperate and answers an advertisement in the newspaper for a kind of salesman; lucrative earnings and unlimited growth are promised. David races to the first interview. It’s at this moment that I felt like I was standing next to David. I was in the office with the other people, especially when he stepped through the door to meet Ms. Samuel. The way David describes her to us, well, I could not agree more. Adam Ross has a unique talent of creating a completely comfortable space for his readers to occupy. This is a spot where you can smell the perfume on the secretary, the pressure of waiting for the job interview to start, and how hope is just a feeling.
I will have more about this collection once we get closer to on sale, but I’m here to tell you that Adam Ross is on the rise.