Kiss Me Someone: Stories by Karen SheaprdKiss Me Someone: Stories by Karen Sheaprd

Kiss Me Someone: Stories

byKaren Sheaprd

Paperback | September 12, 2017

Pricing and Purchase Info

$17.44 online 
$25.95 list price save 32%
Earn 87 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


Bold and unapologetic, Karen Shepard’s Kiss Me Someone is inhabited by women who walk the line between various states: adolescence and adulthood, stability and uncertainty, selfishness and compassion. They navigate the obstacles that come with mixed-race identity and instabilities in social class, and they use their liminal positions to leverage power. They employ rage and tenderness and logic and sex, but for all of their rationality they're drawn to self-destructive behavior. Shepard’s stories explore what we do to lessen our burdens of sadness and isolation; her characters, fiercely true to themselves, are caught between their desire to move beyond their isolation and a fear that it’s exactly where they belong.
Karen Shepard is a Chinese-American born and raised in New York City. She is the author of four novels, An Empire of Women, The Bad Boy’s Wife, Don’t I Know You?, and The Celestials.  Her short fiction has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, and Ploughshares, among others.  Her nonfiction has appeared in More, Self, USA ...
Title:Kiss Me Someone: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.1 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1941040756

ISBN - 13:9781941040751

Look for similar items by category:


Editorial Reviews

Faithlessness among women runs through Kiss Me Someone less like a theme than a cactus spine. Injuries may be offhand, deliberate, even set up in childhood like bad genes waiting to switch on. In her hands, all are thrilling and nuanced. . . . This complexity puts Shepard on a shelf with writers like Margaret Atwood . . . and Elena Ferrante. — The New York Times Book ReviewIn this captivating collection of stories, Karen Shepard turns her ever keen eye on women, and in her gaze is both love and a startling clarity. Readers of all kinds will find much to relish in this voice— from its storytelling surprises to the insights and sharp observations it extends, over and over, to us on the other side of the page. — Aimee BenderDark yet sensitive explorations of family and love—of all kinds—from a masterful writer. The women at the centers of these stories are sharp-edged and complicated and irresistible; you won’t be able to look away. — Celeste Ng[Shepard] is unflinching in her depictions of self-destructive choices and betrayal as well as friendship and love. One of her characters uses the phrase "ecstatic friction" . . . that term could apply to the whole no-holds-barred collection. — Oprah MagazineThere is such a wondrous variety in these highly accomplished stories. They are rich with invention, with acute (sometimes alarming) awareness, dazzling insight, and pure, word virtuosity. — Richard FordShepard's writing is breathtaking in its ability to capture minor but revelatory personal insights. With her crisp prose and sharp observations, she views characters with devastating and unflinching clarity. . . .  A daringly written dissection of raw emotion through short stories about women on the edge and what they long for most. — Shelf AwarenessShepard’s short stories explore relationships and familial love in all their messy complexity. [Her] unapologetically flawed characters make this collection an honest portrayal of womanhood. — Ms. Magazine, "Great Reads for Feminists"The stories in Karen Shepard's sharp collection Kiss Me Someone focus on the lives and relationships of women—who are often mixed-race—with their mothers, daughters, granddaughters, friends, and with men. Dark and often disturbing, Kiss Me Someone gazes unflinchingly at womanhood, isolation, betrayal, sexual assault, infidelity, and the depths of human cruelty. — BuzzFeedShepard is so perceptive, we feel as if we are part of the scene ourselves . . . These stories, and the characters that inhabit them, are so vivid, they will surely stay with readers for a good long while. — BooklistShepard's work can disturb—but her sharp prose and insights into the human psyche make it worth the read. — KirkusA sharp and memorable collection. — Publishers WeeklyShepard excels in the rendering of dailiness, with lovely moments of linkage between cultures.  — Amy Hempel (Bomb Magazine)Karen Shepard’s characters vibrate with desire and disappointment, so obdurately individual that a whole world springs to life around them. — Andrea BarrettNot since Virginia Woolf have the snares and scars of familial relationships been rendered with such brilliance, sensitivity, and icy understatement. — Ron Hansen