You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories (Hardback)Curtis Sittenfeld (author)
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A politically charged and wittily compelling collection of stories from the author of The American Wife.
'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
In The World Has Many Butterflies, a married woman flirts with a man she meets at parties by playing You think it, I'll say it, putting into words the bitchy things she guesses he's thinking about their fellow guests. But she is in for a shock when, in time, she finds out what was really in his mind.
The Nominee sees Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, confessing her surprising true feelings about a woman journalist she has sparred with over the years.
In Gender Studies, a visiting academic sleeps with her taxi driver, for what turns out to be all the wrong reasons.
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. At a time when issues of gender, power and abuse of power are at the forefront of public debate, Sittenfeld’s stories could scarcely be more pertinent. Highly readable and entertaining, these are cleverly weighted stories that linger in the mind long after the final page.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 395 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 26 mm
'...impossible to put down…' - The Sunday Times
'The ten stories in Sittenfeld's first collection are a total treat' - The Daily Mail
'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.' - Evening Standard
'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.' - The Times
'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.' - Guardian
'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