The Maladjusted by Derek HayesThe Maladjusted by Derek Hayes

The Maladjusted

byDerek Hayes

Paperback | September 15, 2011

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Sixteen clever and insightful stories about people who fail to meet fundamental social or cultural expectations. Hayes? short stories are accessible, immediate, and convenient, and lend themselves to a contemporary, fast-paced audience.
Derek Hayes has been writing professionally for ten years. He lives in Toronto, ON.
Title:The MaladjustedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.5 × 5.52 × 0.56 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Thistledown PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897235909

ISBN - 13:9781897235904

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Marvelous Read The Maladjusted by Derek Hayes is a marvelous read. This is a collection of sixteen stories. Except for three stories that are set in Taiwan, Turkey, and Vietnam, most of the stories happen in Toronto—a mosaic of different cultures. The stories vividly portray the people of various walks of life, such as teachers, inland or overseas, people with mental disorders, office workers, an educational assistant, a college student, a social worker and so on. They are about the people living in Toronto or from Toronto. “Tom and Wilkie,” in a different lens, also adds a true part of Toronto. Some of the stories are about relationship, some are about friendship, and the other ones are about the adjustment to society or environments. Most of the stories are told in first person—a popular style that enables readers view protagonists closely and directly. Meanwhile the author narrates stories with some subtle details from special angles; the reader can identify with those peculiar moments in real life situations. In “A Feel for America,” Samuel practises writing Chinese characters right after he’s just arrived and is still suffering a jet lag. Adam who has forged his degree for his teaching job is bossy and fault-finding. Melanie, the protagonist in “That’s Very Observant of You,” interested in the handsome waiter, covers the pockmarks on her cheeks with her hand when the waiter comes to her. Jim in “The Revisionist” has many quirky moments. In a subway car, he starts to tell strangers, “This is the first time that I’ve ever worn a tie.” After getting angry with the loan rate offered by the bank manager, Jim hurries to another bank. In “The Runner,” Alan has never shared an ice-cream with his girlfriend, Carol, as he’s afraid of her saliva on the nuts. Furthermore, Alan becomes obsessed with the thin hair on Carol’s upper lip. In the longest story, “The lover,” Jeremy, a group home member, checks the crackers bought from Shoppers and believes they’re full of worms. The kitten grows into a sixteen-years-old cat while Mark is bald and examines his history with women. All these details bring characters to life. The reader wants to know what would become of these people. I enjoy these fascinating stories, which make me chew them over and also remind me of Anton P. Chekhov’s style. Chekov expected the reader to draw out meaning from his stories. My favorite ones are “A Feel for America” and “The lover.” The formal one shines with a sort of life philosophy: the one laughs last laughs best. In the latter one, “Sometimes I think I’m the one who is mentally afflicted,” narrated by Mark, the protagonist, rings the bell to me: C’est la vie.
Date published: 2013-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fantastic read, beautifully written! For those of us who lead busy lives — which is most of us, lets be honest — short stories offer the opportunity to get in a great read with little time commitment. You can read a story and put the book down not to pick it up again until the next day, or the following week, and you still feel sated. For me though, that was not the case with Derek Hayes' collection of short stories, The Maladjusted. I don't mean that as a negative, though. What I mean is that I had a really hard time putting the book down. There’s an energy to Hayes' storytelling that makes it almost impossible to stop reading. The collection features characters that live on the fringe, outside of the norms of society. Whether it's due to mental illness, physical abnormality or just an overabundance of ego, Hayes has captured the idiosyncrasies perfectly. Each of the characters are crafted brilliantly and believably — a true accomplishment. Heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time, Derek Hayes' The Maladjusted is a collection that I recommend to anyone who is looking for smart, realistic storytelling.
Date published: 2012-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great stories this was a great book. every story is 10-20 pages, and all of them are convenient and great reads. the book tokes you all over the world into different situations and all the stories have a very understated wit to them. highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2011-10-16