Search Results: "Jim Shepard"


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YOU THINK THAT'S BAD by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2011

"The narrator of one story in this collection writes that, when the weather rages, communication is 'reduced to hand signals with mittens.' Some of this writing feels like that."
A story collection of expansive postmodernism that combines bursts of humor with flashes of tragedy. Read full book review >

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THE TUNNEL AT THE END OF THE LIGHT by Jim Shepard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Shepard's ruminations occasionally get caught up in knots, but he finds new relevance in every movie he endeavors to explore."
Essays on a handful of contemporary classic films and what they reveal about American politics. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF ARON by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Ordinary people reveal dimensions that are extraordinarily cruel or kind."
An understated and devastating novel of the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation, as seen through the eyes of a street-wise boy. Read full book review >

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THE WORLD TO COME by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2017

"A stylist whose fictional expansiveness underscores his singularity."
Shepard's fifth story collection—his first book since his well-received novel, The Book of Aron (2015), which was a Kirkus Prize finalist—demonstrates why he's a writer who defies categorization. Read full book review >

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NOSFERATU by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 1998

"Its images simply flicker by so quickly that its power to involve and move is frustratingly dissipated."
The prolific and versatile Shepard (Batting Against Castro, 1996, etc.) offers in his intermittently enthralling fifth novel an empathetic fictionalized biography of the great German silent-film director F. W. Murnau (18881931). Read full book review >

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LOVE AND HYDROGEN by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2004

"Adventurous and enthralling work from one of the most interesting of all contemporary American writers. (See below.)"
In a first-rate gathering of 22 stories, bizarre premises drawn from history and popular culture share space with moving examinations of deranged family dynamics. Read full book review >

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LIKE YOU’D UNDERSTAND, ANYWAY by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Virtuoso work."
So varied in tone, theme, voice and setting are these stories that they might've been written by a hydra. A hydra, that is, surfeited with remarkable wit, compassion and the gift of gab. Read full book review >

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PROJECT X by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2004

"A story 'ripped from the headlines' and transformed into a bitter, gemlike work of art. (See above.)"
The recent school shootings that have lodged in the American consciousness as a recurring dark nightmare inspire a powerful fictional counterpart in Shepard's vivid, frightening sixth novel. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A generous variety distinguishes these stories, which, refreshingly, are not lumped together according to the race, sexual preference, or gender of their authors, but simply by the love that individual readers have for them."
Writers, it is true, often make lousy critics. Read full book review >

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BATTING AGAINST CASTRO by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 1996

"A virtuoso collection."
With four fine novels (Kiss of the Wolf, 1994, etc.) to his credit, Shepard seems to be something of a writer's writer—he's rightly admired by critics and his peers, but a wider readership has yet to develop. Read full book review >

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KISS OF THE WOLF by Jim Shepard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Grab this one."
Tense, heartbreaking family drama with an underworld angle— for his fourth novel, Shepard returns to the world of Flights (1983): Italian-Americans in small-town Connecticut. Read full book review >

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JIM SHEPARD
by Vincent Scarpa

“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at ...


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