Men Beware Women

Men Beware Women

by Gwen B. Thompson



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Men Beware Women by Gwen B. Thompson

Fiction. Malcolm has read so many English novels that Oxford feels as familiar as it does foreign when he arrives from New York to study Shakespeare in the intervals between crew practice. But all it takes is one drama student for life to shake loose his grasp of literature. Emma isn't the prettiest girl he's ever slept with, or the most well-read, but her mind most matches his. When she lands a part in a play Off-Off-Broadway and decamps to New York leaving no forwarding address, the irony that in a book would be artistic rankles in real life. Cast adrift, Malcolm miscalculates and breaks two ribs rowing. His Shakespeare tutor warns him not to let love get in the way of literature—or at least not till they do the tragedies—but as soon as term ends, Malcolm hops a plane to New York. Will he be able to steer his own course to the middle way his tutor's always touting? Or do happy endings only exist in books?

"Gwen Thompson portrays Oxford dons, Upper East Side executives, and working-class English girls with the same breezy mastery, while reveling in the minutiae of Elizabethan drama, pub crawling, competitive rowing, and getting your heart broken. A thoroughly charming performance from a very talented young writer."—Ralph Lombreglia

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781881163510
Publisher: Miami University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 173
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Gwen Thompson was the kid who always ran out of paper for writing assignments in elementary school, when she wasn't getting busted by her teachers for reading too much. This prompted her to earn a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Boston University, winning the Florence Engel Randall Short Story Award and the Lawrence H. Blackmon Book Collecting Prize. She graduated from Bowdoin College, where she won the Nathaniel Hawthorne Short Story Prize, and spent her junior year at Oxford, learning to put milk in her tea, drink warm beer, and watch as much live Shakespeare as humanly possible. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Sensational Romp Reading this story lets you try on the extraordinary feeling of spending a year at Oxford without having to pay tuition or even do your homework. The sense of place is so real you taste the fish and chips. Gwen Thompson’s vivid, page-turning bildungsroman takes us through the looking glass (the Atlantic Ocean), risks a refreshing symmetry (we’re guided just as tellingly into compromised, privileged Manhattan), and entertains with a rare sensitivity as we crash through borders of geography, family, and self. Like a reader, Malcolm is a fish out of water among fish out of water. To his rowing-team members, he’s a Shakespeare creep. To his professors, he’s a talented jock. To the English, he’s an arrogant American. To Emma, his love, it’s all about timing, with Malcolm reprehensibly rich and deplorably detached. To Emma’s sister—let’s not go there. But the real Malcolm, the one even he hasn’t met yet, is looking for someone to trust and a place to land. Full of surprises, backstage drama, thrilling crew races, wit, dramatic tension (memorably with Malcolm’s tutor), and character dimension (readers are deftly taken into Malcolm’s POV), this story drives to an option-lock finish so original I found myself racing back to check events to see how it happened again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED!!! LOVED this book! Highly recommend.  It is beautifully written and fun to read. I couldn't put it down and read it very slowly! The characters and places are alive and magical. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
BarnSwallow More than 1 year ago
The primary reason I read novels is to feed my hunger for illumination which leads to ‎hope. The books I love best are the ones that offer an opening into deeper wisdom. ‎Long, wandering novels that simply illustrate the pain inherent in the human condition ‎slide into the bookcase and never leave. Luckily for me, in Men Beware Women, Gwen ‎Thompson artfully weaves the illumination I crave into an entertaining, page-turning ‎story about an American college student on a semester at Oxford. Theater, romance ‎‎(with a little sex), good food, humor, drinking, Shakespeare, family dynamics and, of ‎course, crew yield unexpectedly throughout to some beautifully written passages that ‎stir my thinking about fundamental human truths. ‎ My husband and I both enjoyed Men Beware Women thoroughly. It’s a pretty quick ‎read; I finished it in a few enjoyable evenings and had to drag myself away from it each ‎night when it was time for bed (that pesky getting-up-for-work thing really gets in the ‎way of a good book sometimes). It’s a great example of what the novella form can be ‎given proper care and feeding. Ms. Thompson effortlessly mixes the concise, rich ‎language and plot of a short story with the stride and depth of a novel. I’m looking ‎forward to reading more from this author!‎
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Men Beware Women, Gwen Thompson shows a keen ability to engage her reader.  By employing thoughtful, witty, and realistic dialogue - both internal and external - Thompson renders her characters, particularly Malcolm, in a highly authentic manner.  An astute writer, she also pays close attention to the details and nuances of British life and academia in crafting each aspect of the setting and the characters' experiences.  I recommend Men Beware Women with great enthusiasm as I eagerly await Gwen Thompson's next literary venture!
suprfrog13 More than 1 year ago
From the very first sentence to the last, the book transported me back to England. For good and for bad, I could smell it. I could taste it. I could feel it - and the STORY was great too! The characters both believable and relatable. It was an enjoyable read watching Malcolm grow into his own through Shakespeare during his first year at University, and meeting the like minded people who would surely shape his adulthood.
ESD More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed this book - couldn't put it down, in fact. What a fun read! Crisp and well-written. Malcolm is a thoroughly appealing protagonist. And I love his tutor :-).