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Editorial Reviews

Curtis Sittenfeld's characters are successful, settled, suburban, and yet, their pasts continue to haunt them. The mean girl from high school, the unlikely hookup, and the persistently present friend from college all threaten to disrupt carefully crafted lives. Tensions rise through inner monologues; outlets for relief come at a premium; change becomes an ever-moving target. Set in post-2016 election America, the stories told in You Think It, I’ll Say It are told through a semi-nihilistic lens and grapple with the question: What is the true price of contentment?  

The stories included in You Think It, I'll Say It appear as follows:
1. "Gender Studies", narrated by Emily Rankin
2. "The World Has Many Butterflies", narrated by Emily Rankin
3. "Vox Clamantis in Deserto", narrated by Emily Rankin
4. "Bad Latch", narrated by Emily Rankin
5. "Plausible Deniability", narrated by Mark Deakins
6. "A Regular Couple", narrated by Emily Rankin
7. "Off the Record", narrated by Emily Rankin
8. "The Prairie Wife", narrated by Emily Rankin
9. "Volunteers Are Shining Stars", narrated by Emily Rankin
10. "Do-Over", narrated by Mark Deakins  

Publisher's Summary

"Every bit as smart, sensitive, funny, and genuine as her phenomenally popular novels,"* a dazzling collection from the New York Times best-selling author of Prep, American Wife, and Eligible.

"I really loved all the characters in this book. They're so complex and interesting, and in every story, you'll find them going through these pivotal moments in their lives." [Reese Witherspoon (Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick)]

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 10 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. 

*Booklist (starred review)

©2018 Curtis Sittenfeld (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"The two narrators, Emily Rankin and Mark Deakins, are a credit to the audiobook.... Both narrators capture the timely, relevant, and humorous nature of these darkly observant stories." (AudioFile)

"Sittenfeld makes writing lively and diverting fiction look easy, though each deceptively simple and breezy story is masterfully paced and crafted.... Witty and buoyant, Sittenfeld delivers her characters to her audience with bemused perspicacity and above all affection.... Sittenfeld proves adept at quickly establishing characters in whom the reader feels inclined to invest immediately." (Chicago Tribune)

"Perfectly paced, witty and laced with unexpected twists: Every story here sticks its landing.... Whatever [Sittenfeld] writes, we'll read it." (People)

"Razor-sharp, often hilarious... A witty, breezy, zeitgeist-y collection." (USA Today)

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  • Ali K
  • Sacramento, ca, US
  • 06-02-18

Stories of people thinking and acting horribly towards each other

If that’s your thing, definitely read this book. If not, skip it. I couldn’t get through it fast enough and when there was two stories left I came to my senses and stopped listening. Personally, I would rather listen to stories of people, especially women, being kind and supportive towards one another.

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Interesting short stories

Enjoyed some of the stories and it was worth listening to. It got me through a long car trip, but not my favorite because the characters never really have a chance to fully develop. One of my least favorite audio books that I have listened to all the way through. A few of the stories were excellent, but they ended kind of abruptly. Some of the stories would have made an awesome novel, but they felt trite because they ended too soon.

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I want more!

I didn’t want this book to end. The stories were complex and the characters were developed very well. The stories felt so real. No fluff and stuff here. The narrators were both fantastic. More, please!

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Great read

I loved the little bit sized stories, the varied viewpoints and experiences of the characters & the fact that not every short story had a stereotypical “happy ending”. The stories throughout this book are lovely, evoke so many emotions & are great for when you want a quick (but good) read and don’t have the time or emotional stamina for drawn out storylines.

I’d definitely recommend this book to a friend.

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Sittenfeld at her best, the narration not my favor

The stories are as good as short fiction gets but I actually enjoyed her narration of two of these stories at the New Yorker Fiction podcast much more than the versions here. Regardless, it is a great book.

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thumbs up

I liked this one. good stories. characters resonated with me. thumbs up.
readers made story very relatable.

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Enjoyable!

The stories are very well written and performed. Some of the stories have political undertones I didn't enjoy but I appreciated the context nonetheless. Emily Rankin's performance is perfect!

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Entertaining, but...

A quick, entertaining listen. The second to last story is full of racial stereotypes though.

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Hated it

I'm no ingenue but really disliked this collection of stories. Depraved, narcissistic, neurotic tales of the worst in us. Observant but to what end?

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Middle age wife is ... existential crisis


Curtis Sittenfeld has a near perfect bead on the earlier stages of middle age in present days; most if not all of her stories revolve about a primary character who is or would now be mid-30s to mid-40s and suffering the preliminary throes, at least, of existentialism.

Two of the stories were such empathic thwacks each left me breathless with how dead-on it captured soulful pains recently experienced. Besides the briefest one, with breastfeeding its pivot ("Bad Latch"), I identified with and thoroughly enjoyed all the splendid stories, despite most being female-centric and slanted--justly so--against men.

I was tickled to discover Sittenfeld's mordant wit and sense of humor, the finest of any female author in my recent memory, e.g., husband responding to wife asking whether he found woman attractive, 'She's hot, but in a cheesy way. You know, what she looks like is a pharmaceutical rep. '

This collection deserves a finalist slot on all the prestigious book award nominations in the coming months. The best collection I have read since the tremendous trifecta a few years back of Fortune Smiles, The Tsar of Love and Techno, and Thirteen Ways of Looking.

Highly recommended.