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Jean Thompson

Do Not Deny Me : Stories

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When Jean Thompson--&quot;America's Alice Munro&quot; (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)--is telling stories, &quot;You cannot put the book down&quot; (The Seattle Times), and her superlative new collection, Do Not Deny Me, is one to be savored, word by word. <p></p> - Award-winning storyteller gaining popularity: Jean Thompson's short fiction has been honored by the National endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation; Who Do You Love: Stories was a National Book Award finalist for fiction and was promoted by David Sedaris during his own lecture tour; and Throw Like a Girl: Stories was a New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. The collection is also in its sixth printing, as Thompson's longstanding critical acclaim crosses over into a popular following. Do Not Deny Me is perfectly positioned to gain an even wider audience. <p></p>- Do Not Deny Me: Here is a title that demands--and commands--attention in and of itself. Yet Thompson's latest collection is no literary dare, delivering as it does twelve dazzling new stories that together offer, with wit, humor, and razor-sharp perception, a fictional primer on how Americans live day to day. In Thompson's writing, The New York Times Book Review has noted, &quot;some of the biggest satisfactions happen line by line, thanks to Thompson's effortless ability to tip her prose into the universal.&quot; Thompson succeeds as &quot;one of our most astute diagnosticians of contemporary experience&quot; (The Boston Globe).

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When Jean Thompson--"America's Alice Munro" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)--is telling stories, "You cannot put the book down" (The Seattle Times), and her superlative new collection, Do Not Deny Me, is one to be savored, word by word.

- Award-winning storyteller gaining popularity: Jean Thompson's short fiction has been honored by the National endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation; Who Do You Love: Stories was a National Book Award finalist for fiction and was promoted by David Sedaris during his own lecture tour; and Throw Like a Girl: Stories was a New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. The collection is also in its sixth printing, as Thompson's longstanding critical acclaim crosses over into a popular following. Do Not Deny Me is perfectly positioned to gain an even wider audience.

- Do Not Deny Me: Here is a title that demands--and commands--attention in and of itself. Yet Thompson's latest collection is no literary dare, delivering as it does twelve dazzling new stories that together offer, with wit, humor, and razor-sharp perception, a fictional primer on how Americans live day to day. In Thompson's writing, The New York Times Book Review has noted, "some of the biggest satisfactions happen line by line, thanks to Thompson's effortless ability to tip her prose into the universal." Thompson succeeds as "one of our most astute diagnosticians of contemporary experience" (The Boston Globe).When Jean Thompson—“America’s Alice Munro” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)—is telling stories, “You cannot put the book down” (The Seattle Times), and her superlative new collection, Do Not Deny Me, is one to be savored, word by word.

 • Award-winning storyteller gaining popularity: Jean Thompson’s short fiction has been honored by the National endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation; Who Do You Love: Stories was a National Book Award finalist for fiction and was promoted by David Sedaris during his own lecture tour; and Throw Like a Girl: Stories was a New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. The collection is also in its sixth printing, as Thompson’s longstanding critical acclaim crosses over into a popular following. Do Not Deny Me is perfectly positioned to gain an even wider audience.

• Do Not Deny Me: Here is a title that demands—and commands—attention in and of itself. Yet Thompson’s latest collection is no literary dare, delivering as it does twelve dazzling new stories that together offer, with wit, humor, and razor-sharp perception, a fictional primer on how Americans live day to day. In Thompson’s writing, The New York Times Book Review has noted, “some of the biggest satisfactions happen line by line, thanks to Thompson’s effortless ability to tip her prose into the universal.” Thompson succeeds as “one of our most astute diagnosticians of contemporary experience” (The Boston Globe).

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Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
Jean Thompson
Title
Do Not Deny Me
ISBN-13
9781416595632
Publication Date
June, 2009
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.44 x 5.50 x 0.80 Inches
ISBN-10
1416595635

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This collection was my...

This collection was my first exposure to Jean Thompson, but after reading this and several other of her books, she's become one of my favorite authors. Thompson's stories are about real, believable people, portrayed with great insight and sensitivity. Usually these people are in some extreme situation, whether physical (a stroke victim trapped in a hate-filled relationship with his wife and caretaker), or internal/existential (a successful middle aged executive who builds an elaborate treehouse as solace and escape from a life that he suddenly finds painfully empty). Another reviewer characterized the stories in this book as dark and negative. I disagree, but certainly not in the sense of finding them simple-mindedly uplifting. Thompson's best stories are both dark _and_ uplifting. Her characters struggle, make mistakes, fumble their way through life, have un-noble thoughts and feelings, but they don't give up. That said, I felt that the real pleasure to be found in these stories was not in either joyful uplift or gritty darkness, but more in the precision and artistry with which she portrays her characters. She creates characters that are recognizable and realistic, but who will also surprise you and teach you something about what it feels like to be alive and in the world and human.

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I dont read many shor...

I don't read many short stories, but I thought this collection was really good. I think what is most compelling about it is that each story was something that could happen to you, or to someone you know. There's nothing extraordinary here, just people dealing with their lives. Funnily enough, the one story I didn't enjoy was the one that shared the collection title "Do Not Deny Me", which had a psychic bent to it. She even brings things full circle a bit, with the final story showing a different side of a character in one of the first ones. Even if you're not a short story reader, there's a lot to like here.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

I dont read many shor...

I don't read many short stories, but I thought this collection was really good. I think what is most compelling about it is that each story was something that could happen to you, or to someone you know. There's nothing extraordinary here, just people dealing with their lives. Funnily enough, the one story I didn't enjoy was the one that shared the collection title "Do Not Deny Me", which had a psychic bent to it. She even brings things full circle a bit, with the final story showing a different side of a character in one of the first ones. Even if you're not a short story reader, there's a lot to like here.

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