A Virtual Visit to Prairie Lights

Prairie Lights Bookstore

Last night Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City sponsored me for a talk on “The Poet’s House”, in conversation with Elizabeth Weiss.

Chicago, Milwaukee, and Cake

The Poet's House cake

I’m just back from two book events, one in Chicago at the Book Cellar, then on to Milwaukee at Boswell Books. Thanks to everyone who hosted and everyone who came out.

Virtual Book Launch Video

The Poet's House

The McNally Jackson Virtual Book Launch video for The Poet’s House is here. If you missed it, or just want to re-live the memories, have a look.

Poet’s House Press 2

The Poet's House

Praise for The Poet’s House “Jean Thompson’s wry, canny ninth novel [is] a tribute to the soul-saving value of art, a cri de coeur for women striving to make authentic lives, and a pipeline of guidance from the elders to the emerging. Thompson’s skills make us comfortable at once — and she is often very […]

Poet’s House Press

The Poet's House

Praise for The Poet’s House “Ever insightful, imaginative, compassionate, and funny, Thompson is a virtuoso of thorny interactions between wholly realized characters rife with contradictions. “— Booklist (Starred Review) “Thompson’s talents for immersive storytelling and sharp characters are on brilliant display. The author’s fans will savor this.”— Publisher’s Weekly “Ever insightful, imaginative, compassionate, and funny, Thompson is a […]

Cloud Shape Press

A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl

Praise for A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl “There’s not a false note in this powerful, beautifully crafted exploration of the trade-offs in women’s lives.”— People “[An] incisive, intricate novel … As Thompson examines the present and past of each of the three generations of women, she adroitly reveals how their life experiences shaped […]

Who Do You Love – Stories

Who Do You Love

1999 In this acclaimed collection, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, Jean Thompson limns the lives of ordinary people — a lonely social worker, a down-and-out junkie, a divorced cop on the night shift — to extraordinary effect. With wisdom and sympathy and spare eloquence, she writes of their inarticulate longings for […]

Wide Blue Yonder

Wide Blue Yonder

2003 From National Book Award-finalist Jean Thompson comes a compelling, highly charged novel about a family ruled by the weather, the drastic changes that hit their atmosphere, and a midwestern town where chaos doesn’t reign — it pours. Something big is headed for Springfield, Illinois, a place where weather of all kinds — climatic, emotional, […]