My three favorite stories were:
1)"Liberty Tax": This was the best one in the b ...more
I'm coming to realize that the more I read, the more and more I'm attracted to style and voice rather than content. Of course content is important t ...more
New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009
Jean Thompson is an exceptional writer whose wit and elegance show in even the worst stories in this surprisingly uneven collection, and she uses both in equal measure to tell stories that are at once painful and darkly humorous. At her best, Thompson paints a grim and sometimes darkly comic portrait of modern American life. At her worst, her language and humor are left to hold up stories with no other support.
The biggest proble...more
She writes well about the current culture of younger people and it's very interesting and effective. I think the city where most of the stories take place is Chicago. Every story was good. I'll definitely pass the book along to Alexis and Kathryne.
“Mr. Rat” - The young guy in the story was pretty much like how Kathryne and Alexi describe most guys they know.
Thompson has a good understanding of who we are. Young coupl ...more
I must admit that I picked this book up simply because it was a short story collection and, as a short story writer, I try to familiarize myself with successful authors' styles and subjects. When I read the author biography and discovered that Thompson only lives fifty miles away from me, well, I automatically wanted to like the book and support a fellow Central Illinoisan.
We got off to a rough ...more
My all-time favorite is the first story, 'Soldiers of Spiritos'. Ms. Thompson takes on all the politically correct 'isms' that are currently in vogue in academia. The story is about a drama teacher who feels worn-out and out of place on the faculty. At th ...more
"Different people she knew had launched themselves in odd directions, had a fling at Buddhism or Christian farming co-ops, embraced animal rights or Alcoholics Anonymous, or changed genders, adopted Chinese girl babies, any manner of dramatic transforma ...more
Thompson is also the author of the novel The Year We Left Home, the acclaimed short fiction collections Do Not Deny Me, and Throw Like a Girl as well as the novel City Boy; the short story collection Who Do You Love, and she is a 1999 National Book ...more