Like You'd Understand, Anyway: Stories by Jim Shepard

Like You'd Understand, Anyway: Stories

byJim Shepard

Kobo ebook | November 19, 2008

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Following his widely acclaimed Project X and Love and Hydrogen—“Here is the effect of these two books,” wrote the Chicago Tribune: “A reader finishes them buzzing with awe”—Jim Shepard now gives us his first entirely new collection in more than a decade.

Like You’d Understand, Anyway reaches from Chernobyl to Bridgeport, with a host of narrators only Shepard could bring to pitch-perfect life. Among them: a middle-aged Aeschylus taking his place at Marathon, still vying for parental approval. A maddeningly indefatigable Victorian explorer hauling his expedition, whaleboat and all, through the Great Australian Desert in midsummer. The first woman in space and her cosmonaut lover, caught in the star-crossed orbits of their joint mission. Two Texas high school football players at the top of their food chain, soliciting their fathers’ attention by leveling everything before them on the field. And the rational and compassionate chief executioner of Paris, whose occupation, during the height of the Terror, eats away at all he holds dear.

Brimming with irony, compassion, and withering humor, these eleven stories are at once eerily pertinent and dazzlingly exotic, and they showcase the work of a protean, prodigiously gifted writer at the height of his form. Reading Jim Shepard, according to Michael Chabon, “is like encountering our national literature in microcosm.”

Title:Like You'd Understand, Anyway: StoriesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 19, 2008Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307487520

ISBN - 13:9780307487520

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great short stories that are hard to come by Great short stories are so hard to come by. I don't know how it's like for other people, to be attracted by a compilation of totally unrelated short stories from the same author, there has to be some magic in tempting us on, in luring us in the thoughts that there will be more undiscovered treasures in the next tale to be told. Jim Shepard has a great imagination and his voice in story telling is unique - that very special essence that tempted me to read on and on. Try it. Last but not least, it's super-cool that when you're tired of explaining to unconcerned people what you're reading, you can always tell them directly, "Like you'd understand, anyway" and pretend that it was a joke. Yes, this is a joke. Have a nice day.
Date published: 2017-07-05