Kiss Me Someone: Stories
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About the Author
Karen Shepard is the author of the novels An Empire of Women and The Bad Boy's Wife. Her work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Self, Bomb, and other publications. She teaches writing and literature at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband, writer Jim Shepard, and their three children.
Karen Shepard's characters vibrate with desire and disappointment, so obdurately individual that a whole world springs to life around them.--Andrea Barrett
Not since Virginia Woolf have the snares and scars of familial relationships been rendered with such brilliance, sensitivity, and icy understatement.--Ron Hansen
Shepard's writing is breathtaking in its ability to capture minor but revelatory personal insights. With her crisp prose and sharp observations, she views characters with devastating and unflinching clarity. . . . A daringly written dissection of raw emotion through short stories about women on the edge and what they long for most.--Shelf Awareness
In this captivating collection of stories, Karen Shepard turns her ever keen eye on women, and in her gaze is both love and a startling clarity. Readers of all kinds will find much to relish in this voice-- from its storytelling surprises to the insights and sharp observations it extends, over and over, to us on the other side of the page.--Aimee Bender
Dark yet sensitive explorations of family and love--of all kinds--from a masterful writer. The women at the centers of these stories are sharp-edged and complicated and irresistible; you won't be able to look away.--Celeste Ng
[Shepard] is unflinching in her depictions of self-destructive choices and betrayal as well as friendship and love. One of her characters uses the phrase "ecstatic friction" . . . that term could apply to the whole no-holds-barred collection.--Oprah Magazine
Shepard's short stories explore relationships and familial love in all their messy complexity. [Her] unapologetically flawed characters make this collection an honest portrayal of womanhood.--Ms. Magazine, "Great Reads for Feminists"
Shepard is so perceptive, we feel as if we are part of the scene ourselves . . . These stories, and the characters that inhabit them, are so vivid, they will surely stay with readers for a good long while.--Booklist
Shepard's work can disturb--but her sharp prose and insights into the human psyche make it worth the read.--Kirkus
A sharp and memorable collection.--Publishers Weekly
Shepard excels in the rendering of dailiness, with lovely moments of linkage between cultures.--Amy Hempel