Like You'd Understand, Anyway: Stories

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Ellen's picture

Like You'd Understand, Anyway: Stories by Jim Shepard
My review
rating: 2 of 5 stars This author is incredibly gifted at short character fiction!

After reading most of the book, I still believe that, but this collection of stories was difficult to read together as one book for our book club. I recommend reading it slowly with lots of time between the stories because they are such downers.

that said, the stories are incredibly crafted. The characters are vividly drawn and each has flaws that are excruciatingly obvious. Watching them try to deal with the world is interesting -- at first. Then the stories end abruptly with somewhat predictable endings that show no growth or change in the characters. So, the question within our group is, are these truly short stories? Or are they a collection of short creative fiction?
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