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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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Like Potato Chips, You Can’t Read Just One

I usually dislike and avoid short stories, so this book (which I happened upon only thanks to Reese Witherspoon’s book club) came as a total surprise. This was literally the first book of short stories I have found to be addictive and a true page-turner. I finished it only days after starting it, and felt compelled to buy the Kindle version also, just to increase my opportunities to read it. In themes, tone and content, it comes closest to Sam the Cat, by Matthew Klam (who, I noticed, the author thanks in the Acknowledgments section at the end of the book). In fact, the review title I kept imagining while reading/listening was The Thinking Woman’s Sam the Cat. The stories written from the point of view of a man are just as good as those with female protagonists, however, and the first story is by no means the best; these stories get better as they go along. My favorites were two near the very end: The Prairie Wife and Do-Over. I disagree with the reviewer who said that these characters are all loathesome, damaged, unlikeable people. I found them to be extremely varied, like human beings generally; ALL types of people are represented here, and many of the stories are uplifting, laugh-out-loud funny, or both. The fact that some stories explicitly take place during the Trump era was an unexpected bonus for me,

Grade: A. Bechdel test: Pass.

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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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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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I do not recommend this...

I found all of the short stories that I could muster listening to so vapid and awful. Hated it.

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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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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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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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Entertaining, but...

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

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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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