You Think It, I'll Say It

You Think It, I'll Say It

by Curtis Sittenfeld

Overview:A suburban mother of two fantasizes about the downfall of an old friend whose wholesome lifestyle empire may or may not be built on a lie. A high-powered lawyer honeymooning with her husband is caught off guard by the appearance of the girl who tormented her in high school. A shy Ivy League student learns the truth about a classmate’s seemingly enviable life.

Curtis Sittenfeld has established a reputation as a sharp chronicler of the modern age who humanizes her subjects even as she skewers them. Now, with this first collection of short fiction, her “astonishing gift for creating characters that take up residence in readers’ heads” (The Washington Post) is showcased like never before. Throughout the ten stories in You Think It, I’ll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided.

With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what we’re all thinking—if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.

Deanna Boe (01/02/19):Short stories don’t usually appeal to me; in fact I rarely even check them out. But, since this was rated so highly elsewhere I simply had to give it a go. It does not disappoint! Each short story is something you can easily identify with or simply understand. The writing is succulent and really “hits the nail on the head” when discussing various scenarios in each narrative; plus they often leave you feeling “ouch.” For instance in the short story that shares the title of the book, you don’t know whether to feel sorry for the lady in question or simply thinking she got what she deserved. So, since this is a book about “short” stories, I will make my review “short” also.
Rating: ****

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