On Sale: March 22, 2011
Add to Wish List
Following Like Youâ€™d Understand, Anywayâ€”awarded the Story
Prize and a finalist for the National Book Awardâ€”Jim Shepard
returns with an even more wildly diverse collection of
astonishingly observant stories. Like an expert curator, he
populates the vastness of human experienceâ€”from its bizarre
fringes and lonely, breathtaking pinnacles to the hopelessly
mediocre and desperately below averageâ€”with brilliant
scientists, reluctant soldiers, workaholic artists, female
explorers, depraved murderers, and deluded losers, all
wholly convincing and utterly fascinating.
A â€śblack worldâ€ť operative at Los Alamos isnâ€™t allowed to
tell his wife anything about his daily activities, but he
canâ€™t resist sharing her intimate confidences with his work
buddy. A young Alpine researcher falls in love with the
girlfriend of his brother, who was killed in an avalanche he
believes he caused. An unlucky farm boy becomes the
manservant of a French nobleman whoâ€™s as proud of his
military service with Joan of Arc as heâ€™s aroused by the
slaughter of children. A free-spirited autodidact, grieving
her lost sister, traces the ancient steps of a ruthless
Middle Eastern sect and becomes the first Western woman to
travel the Arabian deserts. From the inventor of the
Godzilla epics to a miserable G.I. in New Guinea, each comes
to realize that knowing better is never enough.
Enthralling and unfailingly compassionate, You Think Thatâ€™s
Bad traverses centuries, continents, and social strata, but
the joy and struggle that Shepard depicts with such
devastating sensitivityâ€”all the heartbreak, alienation,
intimacy, and accomplishmentâ€”has a universal resonance.
No comments posted.
Registered users may leave comments.
Log in or register now!