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The Witch and Other Tales Re-Told

Praise for The Witch and Other Tales Re-Told “At their best, Thompson’s stories invoke the dark homeliness of Shirley Jackson’s short fiction, with its ruefully sardonic characters whose meek exteriors conceal a stark assessment of the world’s shortcomings and hypocrisies.”— Laura Miller, New York Times Book Review “[S]hrewdly unnerving and bewitching improvisations on fairy tales… clever, […]

What I’m Reading

I was honored to give the keynote address at the annual awards banquet of the Society of Midland Authors, May 10, in Chicago, and to serve as a judge in the Adult Fiction category.                        

RIP Larry Woiwode

Larry Woiwode

Today brings news of the death of Larry Woiwode, best known for the 1975 novel, Beyond the Bedroom Wall.  Woiwode had been a student at the University of Illinois, as I had, taking classes from  some of the same teachers.

On Prince and Writing Sex Scenes

She Poured Out Her Haert

I wish I could write a sex scene that was half as sexy as one of Prince’s songs. No, forget half, I’d settle for a lower percentage.

Jean Recommends

In which I give brief raves of A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, Dan Chaon’s Await Your Reply, Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy, and Pete Rock’s My Abandonment.