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Jean Thompson

Biography

Jean Thompson

Jean Thompson is a novelist and short story writer. Her works include the novels A CLOUD IN THE SHAPE OF A GIRL, SHE POURED OUT HER HEART, THE HUMANITY PROJECT, THE YEAR WE LEFT HOME, CITY BOY, WIDE BLUE YONDER, THE WOMAN DRIVER and MY WISDOM, and the short story collections THE WITCH AND OTHER TALES RE-TOLD, DO NOT DENY ME, THROW LIKE A GIRL, WHO DO YOU LOVE (a National Book Award finalist), LITTLE FACE AND OTHER STORIES and THE GASOLINE WARS.

Thompson’s short fiction has been published in many magazines and journals, including the New Yorker, and anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize.

Thompson has been the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, among other accolades, and has taught creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Reed College, Northwestern University, and other colleges and universities. She lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Jean Thompson

Books by Jean Thompson

by Jean Thompson - Fiction

Evelyn set aside her career to marry, late, and motherhood never became her. Her daughter Laura felt this acutely and wants desperately to marry, but she soon discovers her husband Gabe to be a man who expects too much of everyone in his life, especially his musician son. Grace has moved out from Laura and Gabe’s house, but can’t seem to live up to her potential --- whatever that might be. In A CLOUD IN THE SHAPE OF A GIRL, we see these women and their trials, small and large: social slights and heartbreaks, marital disappointments and infidelities, familial dysfunction, mortality.

by Jean Thompson - Family Life, Fiction, Women's Fiction

The night that Jane and Bonnie meet on a college campus sets them on paths forever entwined. Bonnie, the wild and experimental one, has spent the past two decades bouncing between ill-fated relationships, while Jane’s seemingly perfect life and family have all but materialized out of a fantasy. But these appearances contradict the quiet, inescapable doubt Jane feels about her life. One night, in the middle of her own Christmas party, she steps outside into the snow, removes her clothing and shoes, and lies down in the backyard. As Jane begins to have visions and retreat into a private inner world, Bonnie finds herself drawn inevitably into an affair with Jane’s husband.

by Jean Thompson - Fiction

After surviving a shooting at her high school, Linnea is packed off to live with her estranged father. His neighbor, Christie, is a nurse distracted by an eccentric patient, Mrs. Foster, who has given Christie the reins to her Humanity Project, a bizarre and well-endowed charity fund. Meanwhile, Conner, the Fosters’ handyman, has become the one person in which Linnea can confide. As these characters and many more hurtle toward their fates, the Humanity Project is born: Can you indeed pay someone to be good? At what price?