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Jim Shepard - You Think That's Bad
If Jim Shepard's work is any indication, the American short story is due for a major comeback. Author of 6 widely praised novels, Jim Shepard has focused his efforts on the "guerilla tactics of the short story" and established himself as a modern pioneer of the genre. His four collections of short stories won him The Story Prize, a Guggenheim Foundation grant and made him a finalist for the National Book Award. His stories are captivating, remarkable experiences, unlike anything you've ever read. The characters in Shepard's stories inhabit a wildly diverse range of environments, familiar and hostile, and are frequently isolated, desperate or alienated by some obsession of which they're aware but are unable or unwilling to tame. Shepard's imagination, his finesse with the form of the story and his extraordinary empathy for his character allows him (in Shepard's words) to "expose the costs of ethical passivity". "Stories so good, so meaty, so brilliant, that you will want to read them over and over, unearth the subtle notes try to understand what drives people to do what they do." Sarah Willis, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Nobody writes stories like Jim Shepard. They're cool and sophisticated with an irresistibly wayward humor. At the same time they're not afraid to stake everything on moments of pathos." Catherine Holmes, The Post and Courier. " Here's to one of the great writers today, creating at the height of his art.
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