Ten scorching stories of self-deception by the Sunday Times bestselling author
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD: a dazzling, smart and razor-sharp first collection by Curtis Sittenfeld, Sunday Times bestselling author of Eligible and American Wife.
A dazzling, smart and razor-sharp story collection by Curtis Sittenfeld, Sunday Times bestselling author of Eligible and American Wife.
The theme that unites these stories is how even the cleverest people tend to misread others, and how much we all deceive ourselves.
Sharp and tender, funny and wise, they show Sittenfeld’s knack for creating real, believable characters that spring off the page, while also skewering contemporary mores with brilliant dry wit.
'DO-OVER', ONE OF THE STORIES IN THIS COLLECTION, WAS SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD.
“Each of these stories could be expanded into a blockbusting novel. There is no writer alive who inhabits her characters so knowingly, or is able to send up contemporary attitudes and mores as expertly...clever, funny, revealing and a joy to read.”
“A strong collection about false assumptions and double standards...in these 11 social comedies, whose preoccupations - gender dynamics, celebrity, class, envy and disenchantment - are at once universal and yet specific to the moment we are living through...You Think It, I'll Say It has caught the attention of Reese Witherspoon, who plans to turn it into a comedy series starring Kristen Wiig. Smart move.”
“I so loved this collection. One of my favourite books of last year.”
“Has a rare and magical combination of accessibility, wit, and serious thinking. Sittenfeld was shortlisted for this year's Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, and she demonstrates these qualities again in this deft short story collection... Impossible to put down...She is saying what we are thinking.”
“The stories in You Think It, I’ll Say It feel so contemporary that we might worry they will date – except we’ll want a record of these times. We may be grateful for authors who chose to set their work in this exact political moment, when few Americans can maintain personal relationships across the Trump divide...The immediacy of these stories makes them effortlessly enjoyable to slide into, like new garments so comfortable that you decide to wear them out of the shop.”
Lionel Shriver, Financial Times
“Fans...won't be disappointed: the tales here condense lifetimes of confusion, betrayal and bad decisions into perfect miniatures in deadpan American prose.”
“Clear-eyed and compulsive...Sittenfeld skewers what fraudsters we can be to ourselves and creates characters so vivid you half-expect to bump into them in the street.”
Mail on Sunday
“This seems to be the year of the short story, and the best ones we've read so far are by Curtis Sittenfeld...an outstanding collection of funny, smart and pin-sharp takes on life.”
“A total treat. Savvy and ruefully wise, she burrows beneath the shiny surface of ...her disillusioned lovers, vaguely unhappy parents and dissatisfied employees [who] misjudge other people while in the grip of laughable, delicious self-delusion.”
“Say the words "Curtis Sittenfeld" to a certain reading demographic and you'll kick off evangelistic levels of enthusiasm. But it's for good reason, as no one nails understated humour with human behaviour as she does. This collection of short stories doesn't disappoint, uniting would-be presidential candidates with Insta-stalking mothers.”
“Nobody else writes with such precision and amusement about the absolute inability of men and women to understand each other...this collection is all killer no filler.”
“A collection of wry, psychologically astute portraits of stymied humans, characters with whom Sittenfeld commiserates even as they are skewered by her dry and languorous wit.”
“As smart, sparkling and ruefully wise as her novels.”
“Often praised for her psychological and social acuity, Sittenfeld is also a careful plotter, withholding facts and details until they are surprising enough to change the way we read a story, and to make us question our own expectations and values...there's no one better than her at showing how the personal is political.”
“Psychologically acute, deftly crafted and deeply pleasurable.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Every page of this book as engaging as the next.”
“OK, I’ll say it: I get a kick out of Curtis Sittenfeld...a sharp observer of human nature and human relationships — especially the male/female variety — and she’s a hoot, an appealing combination in my book...a lot of fun, even when it makes you wince.”
“A vivid cast of women caught up in knotty social dilemmas.”
“Short and sharp vignettes...In all, Sittenfeld demonstrates a gift for weaving the banal into the culturally significant, making this collection a touchstone for the present day.”