Details about You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD: 'Do-Over', one of the stories in this dazzling first collection by Curtis Sittenfeld.

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.


Kim Anguish

Posted July 30, 2018

This is my ideal short story collection. Sittenfeld has a marvelous voice and perfect pacing. These characters, and their wit, have stuck with me since I've finished. Pick up if you're looking for a fast read that still has a lot of substance!

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