I’ve been a fan of author Curtis Sittenfeld ever since I read her debut novel Prep several years ago. Since then Sittenfeld has written several critically acclaimed books. Now she’s back with her latest release, a collection of short storie, called You Think It, I’ll say It.
In You Say It, I’ll Think It, Sittenfeld chronicles the lives of men and women in our modern day, both the mundane and the complex.
In the opening story, The Has Many Butterflies, a man and a woman (married to other people) play a game called You Say It, I’ll Think It. It is their way of coping with their less than ideal relationship issues and marriages that have known better days. Little do they realize their little game just might lead to dire consequences.
In Gender Studies, Henry elopes with his student Bridget. Left behind is Henry’s longtime former girlfriend Nell. At first, Henry thinks he has done the right thing leaving Nell, for he has enough with her smugness. But has he found the ideal woman in a less “affected” woman like Bridget? Or is he just with her because of her youth, and what he believes is her less than formed identity?
In Bad Latch, a new mother struggles with breastfeeding and the judgmental attitude of mothers. Is she less than a mother because breastfeeding isn’t this magical bonding moment and she might have to turn to (oh horror), formula? In Bad Latch, a “Breast is Best” activist character is a hilarious highlight.
In Off The Record, entertainment reporter, Bridget copes with new motherhood while on a business trip to interviewing an up and coming actress. When the actress reveals a juicy tidbit asking Bridget not to put it in the article. But finding this actress a bit of an obnoxious twit, Bridget wonders if she should put in this detail in the article out of spite. Should she she? Hmm, maybe she should.
And clearly The Prairie Wife is based on The Pioneer Wife (and other lifestyle bloggers) and a total hoot in all it’s snarky bitchiness.
Pretty much all of You Say It, I’ll Think It is a tremendous collection, written in Sittenfeld’s sharp voice that makes her such a singular voice her generation. I highly recommend it.