Thursday, April 19, 2018

Review: You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Blurb from Goodreads:
A dazzling collection of short stories from the New York Times bestselling author of Prep, American Wife, and Eligible

Curtis Sittenfeld has established a reputation as a sharp chronicler of the modern age who humanizes her subjects even as she skewers them. Now, with this first collection of short fiction, her “astonishing gift for creating characters that take up residence in readers’ heads” (The Washington Post) is showcased like never before.

Throughout the ten stories in You Think It, I’ll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided. In “The World Has Many Butterflies,” married acquaintances play a strangely intimate game with devastating consequences. In “Vox Clamantis in Deserto,” a shy Ivy League student learns the truth about a classmate’s seemingly enviable life. In “A Regular Couple,” a high-powered lawyer honeymooning with her husband is caught off guard by the appearance of the girl who tormented her in high school. And in “The Prairie Wife,” a suburban mother of two fantasizes about the downfall of an old friend whose wholesome lifestyle-brand empire may or may not be built on a lie.

With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what we’re all thinking—if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.
My Review:
I am always skeptical about short stories but this is one collection about which I can say, READ THIS! So good, so true.  Not only did I laugh out loud but it all felt so real.  Each story is pretty short and the entire collection is an easy read in an afternoon.  But I am still thinking about these stories and I know I'll re-read this collection, often.  Curtis Sittenfeld has this crazy talent and ability to express your inner most-cringeworthy thoughts and feelings in a way that feels like you wrote it yourself and it's nothing to be ashamed of.  I love these stories.

You Think It, I'll Say It comes out next week on April 24, 2018, you can purchase HERE!  Definitely give this is a try even if you don't love short stories!!
Their deliberately childless life, their cat, Converse (named not for the shoe but for the political scientist), their free-range beef and night sand weekends of reading and grading and high-quality television seriesit was fine and a little horrible. 

1 comment:

  1. I was just looking at this book the other day, I think I'm going to see if they have this book at the library!


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