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  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857527479
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $34.00

Help Yourself

Three scalding stories from the bestselling author of AMERICAN WIFE




From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of RODHAM comes a dazzling collection of stories that celebrates our humanity in all its pettiness and glory.

'Nobody else writes with such precison and amusement about the absolute inability of men and women to understand each other' RED MAGAZINE
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Sittenfeld’s wryly hilarious and insightful new collection, HELP YOURSELF, illuminates human experience and gracefully upends our assumptions about class and race, envy and disappointment, gender dynamics and celebrity.

Suburban friends fall out after a racist encounter at a birthday party is caught on video and posted on Facebook; an illustrious Manhattan film crew are victims of their own snobbery when they underestimate a pre-school teacher from the Mid-West; and a group of young writers fight about love and narrative style as they compete for a prestigious bursary.

Connecting each of these three stories is Sittenfeld’s truthful yet merciless eye, as her characters stagger from awkwardness, to humiliation and, if they're lucky, to reconciliation. Full of tenderness and compassion, this dazzling collection celebrates our humanity in all its pettiness and glory.

Praise for CURTIS SITTENFELD:

'You won't want these stories to end' REESE WITHERSPOON
'Perfect miniatures in deadpan prose' GUARDIAN
'Clear-eyed and compulsive' MAIL ON SUNDAY

  • Pub date: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857527479
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $34.00

About the Author

Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld's new novel is Rodham. She is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller American Wife, in which she painted a picture of an ordinary American girl – a thinly-disguised Laura Bush - who found herself married to a President. It was longlisted for the Orange Prize, as was her debut novel Prep. Her other books are Man of My Dreams, Sisterland (a Richard & Judy Book Club pick), Eligible, and the acclaimed short story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It. Her books are translated into 30 languages. She lives with her family in the American Mid-West.

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