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Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard is the author of four previous collections, including Like You’d Understand, Anyway, which won The Story Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award, and his short fiction has often been selected for Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. The most recent of his seven novels, The Book of Aron, won the PEN/New England Award, the Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature, the Harold U. Ribalow Book Prize for Jewish literature, and the Clark Fiction Prize.  He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with his wife, the writer Karen Shepard, his three children... Read More

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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013
Series edited by Laura Furman, Contribution by Lauren Groff, Edith Pearlman and Jim Shepard
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 2013
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-345-80325-2 (0-345-80325-6)

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. The winning stories take place in such far-flung locales as a gorgeous sailboat in Hong Kong, a Cuban sugar plantation, the Kenai River in Alaska, a mansion in... Read more

Written by Jona Oberski, Afterword by Jim Shepard, Translated by Ralph Manheim
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2014
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310741-5 (0-14-310741-0)

A rediscovered masterpiece: an unblinking view of the Holocaust through a child’s eyes

Told from the perspective of a child slowly awakening to the atrocities surrounding him, Childhood is a searing story of the Holocaust that no reader will soon forget. As five-year-old Jona waits with his mother and father to... Read more

The Book of Aron
Written by Jim Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2016
$15.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-87274-1 (1-101-87274-8)

Small and sullen, Aron is eight years old when his family moves from a rural Polish village to hectic Warsaw.  At first gradually and then ever more quickly, his family’s opportunities for a better life vanish as the occupying German government imposes harsh restrictions.  Officially confined to the Jewish quarter, with... Read more

Like You'd Understand, Anyway
Written by Jim Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2008
$15.95/21.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-27760-2 (0-307-27760-7)

Following his widely acclaimed Project X and Love and Hydrogen—“Here is the effect of these two books,” wrote the Chicago Tribune: “A reader finishes them buzzing with awe”—Jim Shepard now gives us his first entirely new collection in more than a decade.

Like You’d Understand, Anyway reaches from Chernobyl to Bridgeport, with... Read more

Love and Hydrogen
Written by Jim Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2004
$16.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3349-2 (1-4000-3349-7)

I’ve been a problem baby, a lousy son, a distant brother, an off-putting neighbor, a piss-poor student, a worrisome seatmate, an unreliable employee, a bewildering lover, a frustrating confidante and a crappy husband. Among the things I do pretty well at this point I’d have to list darts, re-closing Stay-Fresh boxes... Read more

Project X
Written by Jim Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2005
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3348-5 (1-4000-3348-9)

In the wilderness of junior high, Edwin Hanratty is at the bottom of the food chain. His teachers find him a nuisance. His fellow students consider him prey. And although his parents are not oblivious to his troubles, they can't quite bring themselves to fathom the ruthless forces that demoralize him... Read more

The World to Come
Written by Jim Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2018
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-525-43231-9 (0-525-43231-0)

In The World to Come, Jim Shepard (“Without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America” —The Daily Beast) traverses both borders and centuries. Seamlessly inhabiting a multitude of disparate men and women, he gives voice to visionaries, pioneers, and secret misfits, from nineteenth-century explorers departing on one of the... Read more

The World to Come
Written by Jim Shepard
Knopf | Hardcover | February 2017
$25.95/34.95(Canada) | 978-1-5247-3180-9 (1-5247-3180-3)

"Without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America," according to The Daily Beast, Jim Shepard now delivers a new collection that spans borders and centuries with unrivaled mastery.

These ten stories ring with voices belonging to--among others--English Arctic explorers in one of history's most nightmarish expeditions, a young contemporary... Read more

You Think That's Bad
Written by Jim Shepard
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2012
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-74214-8 (0-307-74214-8)

Following Like You’d Understand, Anyway—awarded the Story Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award—Jim Shepard returns with an even more wildly diverse collection of astonishingly observant stories. Like an expert curator, he populates the vastness of human experience—from its bizarre fringes and lonely, breathtaking pinnacles to the hopelessly mediocre... Read more