So many thanks to Random House for my free copy – all opinions are my own.
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. 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.
This is the Reese Witherspoon book club selection and it did not disappoint – I absolutely LOVED it! Each of the ten short stories in this collection shines a light on a common theme: people are all guilty of sometimes making swift judgements of others. Furthermore, these stories show how these judgements can sometimes be monumentally wrong and the guilt that can accompany that.
My standouts are The Prairie Wife, Off the Record, The World Has Many Butterflies, Bad Latch, Do-Over, Plausible Deniability, and Volunteers Are Shining Stars, so pretty much…ALL OF THEM. I’m always in awe when a collection like this is cohesive, with characters and stories that I get completely invested in. These are real, ordinary, everyday people, in everyday settings, that you feel you could actually know. The stories are very well-written with wisdom and heart. I am a true blue fan of this author.
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars!
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