Nell and Henry always said that they would wait until marriage was legal for everyone in America, and now this is the case - it's August 2015 - but earlier in the week Henry eloped with his graduate student Bridget. Bridget is twenty-three, moderately but not dramatically attractive (one of the few non stereotypical aspects of the situation, Nell thinks, is Bridget's lack of dramatic attractiveness), and Henry and Bridget had been dating for six months. They began having an affair last winter when Henry and Nell were still together; then in April, Henry moved out of the house he and Nell own and into Bridget's apartment. Nell and Henry had been a couple for eleven years.
by Curtis Sittenfeld
I haven't read many short stories in recent years, so this collection of ten is a welcome change of pace. After reading the first three, I'm impressed! A couple of Sittenfeld's novels are on my wish list... If the writing and characters are as good as they are in these stories, it won't be long before I finally pick them up.
Here's a portion of the goodreads summary:
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 ten 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.
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