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Jean Thompson


Jean Thompson

Jean Thompson is the author of THE HUMANITY PROJECT (Blue Rider Press, 2013), the recent novel THE YEAR WE LEFT HOME (Simon & Schuster, 2012), the acclaimed short fiction collections DO NOY DENY ME (Simon & Schuster, 2009) and THROW LIKE A GIRL (Simon & Schuster, 2007) as well as the novel CITY BOY; the short story collection Who Do You Love, a 1999 National Book Award finalist for fiction; and the novel WIDE BLUE YONDER, a New York Times Notable Book and Chicago Tribune Best Fiction selection for 2002.

Her short fiction has been published in many magazines and journals, including The New Yorker, and been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize. Jean's work has been praised by Elle Magazine as "bracing and wildly intelligent writing that explores the nature of love in all its hidden and manifest dimensions."

Jean's other books include the short story collections THE GASOLINE WARS and LITTLE FACE, and the novels MY WISDOM and THE WOMAN DRIVER.

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

Jean Thompson

Books by Jean Thompson

by Jean Thompson - Fiction, Literary

In A CLOUD IN THE SHAPE OF A GIRL we see three women and their trials, small and large: social slights and heartbreaks; marital disappointments and infidelities; familial dysfunction; mortality. Spanning from World War II to the present, Thompson reveals a matrilineal love story that is so perfectly grounded in our time --- a story of three women regressing, stalling, and yes, evolving, over decades. One of the burning questions she asks is: by serving her family, is a woman destined to repeat the mistakes of previous generations, or can she transcend the expectations of a place, and a time? Can she truly be free?

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?