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

Kiss Me Someone: Stories

byKaren Sheaprd

Paperback | September 12, 2017

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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 ...
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Title:Kiss Me Someone: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.1 × 5.3 × 0.9 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1941040756

ISBN - 13:9781941040751

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In 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 BenderThere 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 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 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 final, wrenching story . . . widens the world of a brief story out to include an entire community, and is as compassionate as it is horrifying. This is a sharp and memorable collection. — Publishers WeeklyShepard'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 AwarenessNovelist Shepard (The Celestials, 2013, etc.) has turned her keen eye to short fiction centered on the underbellies of the lives and relationships of women. . . . Shepard's work can disturb—but her sharp prose and insights into the human psyche make it worth the read. — KirkusThe 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. — BuzzFeed…Shepard 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