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, […]
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.
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.
My novel, A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl, has three generations of women characters, and each of them has a favorite song.
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.
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.