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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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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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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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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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pretty good

pretty good little stories. little tid bits into others lives. no beginning or ending. nice read

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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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