Throw Like A Girl: Stories

Throw Like A Girl Stories A master of short fiction whose best pieces are as good as it gets in contemporary cction Newsday returns as Jean Thompson follows her National Book Award finalist collection Who Do You Love with Thr

  • Title: Throw Like A Girl: Stories
  • Author: Jean Thompson
  • ISBN: 9781416559580
  • Page: 334
  • Format: ebook
  • A master of short fiction whose best pieces are as good as it gets in contemporary cction Newsday returns, as Jean Thompson follows her National Book Award finalist collection Who Do You Love with Throw Like a Girl Here are twelve new stories that take dead aim at the secrets of womanhood, arcing from youth to experience Each one of Thompson s indelible characters A master of short fiction whose best pieces are as good as it gets in contemporary cction Newsday returns, as Jean Thompson follows her National Book Award finalist collection Who Do You Love with Throw Like a Girl Here are twelve new stories that take dead aim at the secrets of womanhood, arcing from youth to experience Each one of Thompson s indelible characters lovers, wives, friends, and mothers speaks her piece wry, angry, hopeful about the world and women s places in it.

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    1. I'm a sucker for short stories, but as a huge David Sedaris fan, I've found that most collections pale in comparison. With Thompson's Throw Like a Girl, I found a solid collection of short stories that I enjoyed reading almost as much as I enjoy reading David Sedaris. That being said, however, the fact that both Thompson and Sedaris are strong writers is where the comparison ends. You won't find very much humor or wit in Throw Like a Girl, rather, with each story, Thompson introduces us to a new [...]

    2. I love happy endings as much as the next girl. Sunshine, rainbows, fluffy white kittens what's not to like? There is something satisfying in closing a book with a contented sigh, assured that everything has turned out just as it should. The good guys win, justice is served, love is requited, and they all live happily ever after. I have a secret though. I love unhappy endings more. Well, maybe love isn't the right word. It's not like I enjoy reading about people suffering or dying miserable and a [...]

    3. Jean Thompson reminds me of an earnest version of me. Like she's not afraid to say the things I think sometimes, even if those things might sound a little cheesy or sentimental or too-true to be said out loud. But she's always right, and always good. I like to read Jean Thompson with a pen, so I can underline the sentences that are especially true. So.This collection of short stories didn't seem as magical as Who Do You Love (which I love). Less love, I think. Instead, soul-sucking affairs. I ge [...]

    4. The writing is superb and as one review puts it, these stories are "gritty and grueling." While I found myself relating to a couple of the women characters, my overall feeling while reading this was, "gosh what a miserable, bitter, sad group of women." I kept hoping for just one happy story in this collection. On the other hand, any artist that can keep you coming back to the images they've created must be worth something, and that is exactly what I find myself doing with this particular collect [...]

    5. This was a brilliant collection, imho. I don't know why, likely because I loved it so fervently, I decided to peruse the ratings. What a mistake, when you want to defend someting valiant. For those that found flaw, I couldn't help shake the feeling that I was languishing in some Community College class, entitled "Why Not to Like this Book", the decision reached before reason. Decide for yourselves, but I seldom feel the spark of having touched genius, and I got that feeling here.

    6. I read this on the plane and it was perfect. Each story was long enough to keep me engrossed, but I had time to take naps and do the crossword in between reading. You really feel like you know every one of her characters, and the stories stand on their own. One of my biggest problems with short stories is that a lot of times I feel like they leave me hanging, or there's enough information left out that I didn't really "get" it. I'll have to read more of her stuff.

    7. 3.5 stars, great short stories. While I like the wide range of different characters and plots in this collection, the repeated motifs of adultery, depression and women otherwise falling apart make reading this not super fun.

    8. A review of this book was published in Windy City Times and a link can be found below.Jean Thompson's Throw Like a Girl is an occasionally illuminating collection of short stories about women who inhabit what we call the 'middle class,' that fictitious category invented to reassure Americans that there is no economic inequality in the United States. If we all try just hard enough, we're told, we could land somewhere solidly in the 'middle' and live happily normal and humdrum lives.Thompson's wom [...]

    9. n the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent t.In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a cr [...]

    10. I feel bad giving this a three-star review, because some of these stories really deserve something more. "It Would Not Make Me Tremble to See Ten Thousand Fall", for instance, in which a woman tries to make a life as a military wife and ends up abandoning her child to join the military herself, is one of the best character studies I've read in a while, and it's really to Thompson's credit that she manages to make the main character simultaneously believable and sympathetic. Unfortunately, this s [...]

    11. (N.B.: Jean is a friend of mine, so I'm likely biased.) I've always been a big fan of her short fiction, more than her novels, and this book is a fine addition. Her best stories are populated by strong lead characters (both in the sense that they are believable and that they have particularly strong personalities); these most often occur in her stories written in first person.Not all of the stories in this book were home runs. Some were a bit tedious and fell short of my recommendation. However, [...]

    12. I was definitely a bit disappointed in this collection of short stories. I felt like the author, Jean Thompson, was trying much too hard. The first few seem like they take a long time to get to the point, which ends up being at least a bit disturbing. To me, this set an untenable tone of expectation, which was then not so abrupt in the other stories. 'It Would Not Make Me Tremble to See Ten Thousand Fall' was the best story overall to me. It involves a young couple, enlistment into the service, [...]

    13. Short stories are my ultimate weakness and I’ve had this book for over six years now. Every time I revisit these stories, I’m struck by how much emotion each story is stuffed with. Lost, Hunger, The Woman Caught in Adultery, the Family Barcus, Pie of the Month and Throw Like a Girl are must reads. The whole book is, but each of these women is a special treat–the prose is deceptively simple. Yes. There’s that one story about a white woman who goes to “save” a prostitute in Bangkok, bu [...]

    14. The stories I liked a lot, and when I say a lot I mean I could read them over and over and still love them, were: It Would Not Make Me Tremble To See Ten Thousand Fall, The Family Barcus, Lost, and Hunger. I actually wasn't sure if I liked Lost or Hunger at first, but when I thought about them more, I realized how much I did. I liked all of the ones I did because of what they represented, and what I personally got out of the stories. If I had to pick the best one out of those, it would be It Wou [...]

    15. So many of these stories had awesome openings. Then they sort of trailed along, giving you the gist of how things generally go for this particular character, seemingly leading up to some exciting point of action, and then - oh! - it's suddenly the ending, perhaps accompanied by the revelation of some withheld piece of major information. Too often I felt the author was pushing some larger point (like, war is bad) or that the stories were summed up by an uplifting lesson learned. The wittiest and [...]

    16. I don't usually read short stories, but I picked this book up while browsing at the library. I thought the stories were just okay, but then one of the lines in the story "It Would Not Make Me Tremble" was eerily familiar to me, so I flipped to the back cover and realized that the author lives in Urbana, Illinois, where I attended school for seven years. After that, I read these stories, some of which focus on characters living in rural areas and small towns, with images of specific places in Cen [...]

    17. Still trying to decide how I feel about it. It's not light-hearted and it's full of literary ideas, but I found it a little too dark to my taste. At least, the book (and each of the individual short stories) are set up with a desperate situation where the protagonist, self-absorbed and immature, does not recognize any possibility for growth and then the stories (and the collection as a whole) turn around and surprise you by growing into a thoughtful and imaginative perspective on womanhood. (Wom [...]

    18. What a gorgeous collection of short stories. I've been writing more than reading lately, and this really helped to inspire because of the author's thrift with words and clever, unrepetitous phrasing. Each story is unique in perspective and yet you can always pick up on Jean Thompson's voice. Elegant. This book was a present from my friend Kay, so thanks Lady! My two favorite stories are the anti-war fable "Pie of the Month" and the titular "Throw Like a Girl."

    19. I love these stories. The material (misguided girls getting in trouble with boys) has been used by so many short story writers (Mary Gatskill, Because They Waned to; Antonya Nelson, Female Trouble) but I think Jean Thompson is far more accomplished."The Five Senses" has to be one of the creepiest stories I've read. "Hunger" also astonished me. This is much darker than the typical chick lit. "

    20. "I was losing track of who I was pretending to be."-From "The Inside Passage", one of my favorites from this excellent short story collection. My other favorite was "Lost" which should be called "Boy on a motorcycle" because that's what is was about, but I guess the title refers to the love lost. Even though a lot of these stories have depressing characters, they are written so well that you can't find much fault in them. I felt like I was the character in each story.

    21. I saw this several times at the library before actually picking it up. I loved this book. I'm not the one for happy endings, they all seem unrealistic to me. I love the underdogs, the forgotten, the lost. Although I loved some of the stories more than others, "Lost" and "Hunger" were two that truly struck with me. "Lost" was like someone read my diary from 10 years ago. All around solid book and inspiring me to write again.

    22. I like these stories because they have drama and sadness, but the author doesn't push the stories so they leave the reader feeling raw. Yes, bad things happen, but worse things could have happen. She has very strong female characters which I find inspiring and endearing. But, these female characters all go through a period of "growing" leaving them relate-able because they expose some of their weaknesses and bad habits to the reader.

    23. I was slow to warm to the stories in this book, but by the end, I was captivated. The protagonists are mostly older, everyday women, but Thompson captures the nuances and voice of these women in an incredibly compelling way. "Pie of the Month" is an incredible story about an older woman who makes pies and the political turmoils of her town, but it's done on such an earthy level that it's never bat-you-over-the-head with politics. The title story is incredibly moving. A great collection.

    24. Kind of depressing, but the author's writing style is captivating. This was my first short story collection I've read, at least the first adult one, and I enjoyed it more than I expected. So I'll probably check some more of these out. I liked all of them to some extent, but my favorite stories were The Five Senses, It Would Not Make Me Tremble to See Ten Thousand Fall, Pie of the Month, and Throw Like a Girl.

    25. In this collection of short stories, the author focused on the lives of different women. Each story struck a different emotion in me, and I found myself relating to each character either because I could remember a time where I felt the emotions on the page or could see that character in another woman in my life. As soon as I finished the book I wanted more from this author and recommended reading her short stories to any female that I knew was a reader.

    26. A great collection of stories that, for me and other men, could, I suppose, be an instruction manual for how to be a woman. The most intriguing, "It would not make me tremble" seemed so familiar, I thought it might be taping into some unconscious myth. Then I saw I had already read the collection two years ago and had duly rated it in .So, how good can a book be when you forget you read it two years later? On the other hand, maybe you'll need no other.

    27. I am not usually a fan of short stories but these stories are great. They all focus on women in different yet often relatable situations. The stories range from the voice of a young girl all the way to the adulterous married woman (there are a few of those stories!). The writing style is captivating and the stories all finish nicely. My biggest problem with short stories is that they often just end without resolution-unsatisfying. That is not the case with this collection.

    28. I've only read the first story so far. I used to love short, disturbing stories, but maybe I've been reading too much Sheri Dew lately. The first story bothered me, and I haven't picked it up since! Am I becoming a literary wuss?Okay. I gave up. I couldn't pick it up again. I returned the book to Target, having only read the first story. Now, someone else is going to rant and rave about it and I'm sure I'll regret my decision. Go ahead!

    29. This was a good, quick read, since it's a compilation of short stories with women/girls as the main characters. It is a good mixture of drama and stories with some humor to them, but I was expecting more humor and there is actually more drama. I have a feeling there was supposed to be a lot of symbolism and deeper meaning in these stories, so I'll probably have to re-read it at a later date to get the full benefit.

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