Following his widely acclaimed Project X and Love and Hydrogen—“Here is the effect of these two books,” wrote the Chicago Tribune: “A reader finishes them buzzing with awe”—Jim Shepard now gives us his first entirely new collection in more than a decade.
Like You’d Understand, Anyway reaches from Chernobyl to Bridgeport, with a host of narrators only Shepard could bring to pitch-perfect life. Among them: a middle-aged Aeschylus taking his place at Marathon, still vying for parental approval. A maddeningly indefatigable Victorian explorer hauling his expedition, whaleboat and all, through the Great Australian Desert in midsummer. The first woman in space and her cosmonaut lover, caught in the star-crossed orbits of their joint mission. Two Texas high school football players at the top of their food chain, soliciting their fathers’ attention by leveling everything before them on the field. And the rational and compassionate chief executioner of Paris, whose occupation, during the height of the Terror, eats away at all he holds dear.
Brimming with irony, compassion, and withering humor, these eleven stories are at once eerily pertinent and dazzlingly exotic, and they showcase the work of a protean, prodigiously gifted writer at the height of his form. Reading Jim Shepard, according to Michael Chabon, “is like encountering our national literature in microcosm.”
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.73(w) x 8.63(h) x 0.99(d)|
About the Author
Jim Shepard is the author of six novels and two previous collections of stories. He teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Like You'd Understand Anyway" - Stories is quite the collection, a smart, witty collection. Jim Shepard is famous for his short stories and I wanted to be the next person to say that his stories are amazing, but I'll go with good instead. I can say that after reading them, I think Jim Shepard has an incredibly brilliant mind. My favorites- The Zero Meter Diving Team Proto-Scorpions of the Silurian Trample the Dead, Hurdle the Weak Ancestral Legacies The First South Central Australian Expedition The downside of this book to me, were the really boring stories that literally put me to sleep, but there were only a few. Smart writing, good reading!