Women in Bed: Nine Stories

Women in Bed Nine Stories Jessica Keener s extraordinary debut novel Night Swim captivated readers with its eloquence insight and humanity This gripping first novel announces the arrival of a strong distinct and fully evol

  • Title: Women in Bed: Nine Stories
  • Author: Jessica Keener
  • ISBN: 9781611880755
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jessica Keener s extraordinary debut novel, Night Swim captivated readers with its eloquence, insight, and humanity This gripping first novel announces the arrival of a strong, distinct and fully evolved new voice, said Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of A Visit from the Goon Squad Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants calJessica Keener s extraordinary debut novel, Night Swim captivated readers with its eloquence, insight, and humanity This gripping first novel announces the arrival of a strong, distinct and fully evolved new voice, said Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of A Visit from the Goon Squad Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants called Keener, An amazing new literary voice Now Jessica Keener returns with this collection of nine stories that thematically address variations of love love of self, family, and sexual relationships from loneliness and isolation, desperation and rejection to need and passion, forgiveness and, finally, to love found Secrets follows a young woman that gets involved with a female friend who pushes her boundaries around sex, love, and intimacy.In Papier Mache, a college student who loses brother to suicide is grieving and gets entangled with a professor who is a critic and over intellectualizes everything The student challenges the professor and vice versa in a strange power dance with emotional fallout Boarders tells the story of a young college student who drops out to be with her narcissistic lover She lives in grim boarding house with desolate, lonely men until she realizes that she must flee to find something better, healthier, nurturing and loving Woman with Birds in her Chest involves a woman who leaves her social worker job and realizes she has never truly nurtured herself Her ensuing breakdown puts her loving marriage to the test Recovery tells of a young woman in a hospital room who witnesses death, escapes her own, and comes to terms with life s uncertainties and the unexpected power of sibling love.In Shoreline, a woman leaves her husband, goes to a cottage on the beach, and has a flirtation with a client She soon discovers that she must end her marriage before she can move on to find a new love.In Bird of Grief, a grad student recovering from a broken relationship projects her anger and grief onto a new man, eventually coming to terms with letting go Forgiveness is a spare, stark story of two sisters, family violence, and the quest for forgiveness.In Heart, a woman meets her lover in a Paris hotel room and goes through a cycle of anxiety, worry, and the expectation that things will not work out, only to be surprised by the goodness that emerges.Poignant, surprising, funny and profound, and always perceptive and gorgeously written, Women in Bed is a rich collection of moving tales that will engage you from the first page.

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    1. There is something morosely pleasant and tranquil about this collection of short stories, yet I cannot exactly put my finger on it. It could be in the writing which may not be very impressive or intact but flows wonderfully, nonetheless, and matches the general mood of the stories. Or it could be in the honest depiction of very true-to-life emotions and the noticeable absence of cliches. As standalones, none of the short stories (some of which are interlinked) may hold up to a closer scrutiny by [...]

    2. Written with quiet emotion, Women in Bed by Jessica Keener is about women and their relationship involvements. Comprised of nine short stories, the author touches on a variety of situations and feelings that are totally relatable and realistic. I found myself attached to each story in this well-planned collection that runs the gamut of emotions, while not going over the top! Alone, each story is enjoyable, but I feel it is the “togetherness” in one book that truly brings out the flavor and q [...]

    3. Oooh I'm the first ever to review! How exciting!Honestly, this book finally feels like what I'm looking for/hoping for out of short stories. Each story feels complete. Even though there's more that could be said (and in several I wish there had been), I felt like each one gave a real snapshot into the life and head of the main character. Each of them reads as a full length novel might, with poignant descriptions about details and thoughts and scenes, as opposed to glossing over these in favor of [...]

    4. Jessica Keener's ""Women In Bed" is a collection of nine beautifully written stories. If you wish to immerse yourself in stories that voice, loneliness, passion, sexuality, forgiveness, and love in its many colors, then you must put this book on your list of books to be read. Jessica has a very smooth style of writing in which you can feel yourself melding reality & fiction into a brilliant story. I was given an ARC by the publisher in return for an honest review. No compensation was receive [...]

    5. I was provided a free pre-published copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book contains nine short stories of women and their involvement in various relationships. I found it to be well written in that the stories quickly draw you in and you find yourself immersed and caring about what happens to the main character. But even more so, the characters were relatable. Keener did such a great job of describing emotionslf consciousness, love, fear, desire, jealousyat as [...]

    6. No question that this author has a beautiful and unexpected way with words. "I like the surefootedness of her voice." "Even the hallway of my building, which for a moment is cool and dark, grows hot. Nothing lasts. My apartment is roasting away. My cat is too tired to greet me." I have BEEN there (haven't we all?) in the enervating heat, when what seemed cool doesn't anymore, when there a despair and depression partly born of the heat, and of other things.I received a free copy of this book from [...]

    7. 3.5 stars. "Women in Bed" is a new collection of short stories by Jessica Keener, author of "Night Swim." Short stories are not my usual fare and they are still fairly new territory to me but because I really enjoyed Keener's writing in "Night Swim," I thought that I would enjoy this book because of that and I was right!Again, the star of this book is Keener's writing. She really had a tall order in creating really memorable characters in such a small amount of space. I love what she was able to [...]

    8. While many of the images and scenes in this work are competent in execution, there is little in the way of net result for the reader. And when there is a message, until the latter few vignettes, it's that life for attractive, young, self-aware women is boring at best and depressing at worst. Maybe I'm not the right audience for this book. Maybe it would have a different effect on someone who could better relate with the main characters. I felt myself being annoyed by them on almost every page an [...]

    9. A wonderfully evocative cover sets the tone for this haunting collection of nine short stories. I read WOMEN IN BED slowly, to savor impossibly beautiful sentences and story echoes that lingered for days. This is a book that should be re-read multiple times. Stunning on every level.

    10. Keener's short story collection, Women in Bed, unveils her talent to reveal nuance. Her writing has such a palpable and vivid quality the reader will feel as if she has lived in the narrator's shoes -- or -- slept in her bed. A wonderful read, which I highly, highly recommend!

    11. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.I never quite know whether I like short stories or not. In some ways, I appreciate the snapshot-like aspect of the condensed story. On the other hand, I miss the extension, the detail, the closure of a longer, more resolved novel.Jessica Keener's Women in Bed contains nine stories about women and the relationships they have; with other women, with their families, with their peers and their superiors. Keener's writing style is disti [...]

    12. Despite my English degree, I have embarrassingly little experience with reading a collection of modern short stories, especially in the form of adult female fiction. So when I dove into Women in Bed by Jessica Keener, I tried to stay keenly aware of how the length of each story shaped the characters' tales and my interpretation and enjoyment. That being said, I was surprised by how quickly I latched on to the staggering reality Keener so poignantly shares in mere pages.Arguably, I think the weak [...]

    13. I received a pre-publication eARC from The Story Plant Publishers, via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.I love compendia of short stories. I find them refreshing and neat. You know, literarily speaking, sometimes you don't want to sit down to a 4 course banquet, you want to sample a finely balanced degustation menu, complemented by fine wines and rounded off by sweet, bite-sized morsels that dance on your tongue. Well, that's what a collection of short stories is for me - a kind of High [...]

    14. Jessica Keener’s writing sparkles in this gem of a book. The stories flowed seamlessly from one to the other, with some recurring characters; so there were no jarring moments of one story ending and another beginning. I have seen some criticism of this book, mostly relating to the fairly grim depiction of some of the women’s lives, choices, etc. For me, that was not a problem. In fact, it was the kind of book, at least for me, where you can live for a while in someone else’s shoes, and the [...]

    15. I knew instantly that I wanted to Women in Bed: Nine Stories, from the description of the book in the first email newsletter I received from Net Galley: "ne stories that thematically address variations of love, love of self, family, and sexual relationships. From loneliness and isolation, desperation and rejection to need and passion, forgiveness and, finally, to love found." I was drawn to the book with my curiosity piqued on what the stories would be like. So I read it. And I loved it. I loved [...]

    16. Women in Bed, a collection of nine stories from the ever-brilliant Jessica Keener, is an honest, refined testament to the power of the short form. Keener introduces us to several women of different ages who are, at the same time, strong and vulnerable. Each page is seeped in yearning, making each woman’s internal and external struggle valuable and heartbreaking. Each story is rich with hope and despair, happiness and sorrow, and the juxtaposition between each is what makes this collection so g [...]

    17. Women in Bed was an interesting, but depressing read for me. I got a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. I wasn't sure what to expect with the title, but I didn't expect the sad tales riddled throughout. My favorites were Boarders, Papier-mâché and Forgiveness. Each vignette, hit a different cord in me, but I had to stop readings or a bit. Despite the depth of sadness, I felt, the author was skilled enough to paint vivid pictures with words. I was able to visualize every sce [...]

    18. As a fan of "Night Swim," I knew I had to read Jessica Keener's newest, "Women in Bed." That she has an overly-talented writing angel perched on her shoulder is a plus, but it's the Jessica-ness of these nine stories that held me captive -- gutsy, unpredictable, stark, oh, and totally unforgettable. "Night Swim" told me Jessica was a gifted writer. In this newest book, the gift remains but is accentuated by some of the finest storytelling I've ever read, lifting the short story to new heights. T [...]

    19. Women in Bed: Nine Stories is a collection of short stories where the universal theme is women. More specifically, each of the nine stories tackles a point in each of the the protagonists lives when they were at there lowest or when they were about to change something. There was a palpable sense of desperation in each tale. Not just because of what was going on in their lives but more specifically of the changes each of their decision has wrought. From dealing with the aftermath of losing someon [...]

    20. I was excited to read an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley because I loved Jessica Keener's novel Night Swim so much. I don't read a lot of short stories, but I knew I would probably enjoy them if Keener wrote them. I was not disappointed.These stories explore a number of sensitive issues and situations. The characters were wonderful, and the stories stayed with me. I found myself wishing that Keener had not stopped with a short story. Keener is such a terrific writer, and I highly recom [...]

    21. In this beautifully written and evocative collection, Keneer looks at love in all of its incantations – friendship, romantic, and love of self. The adversarial relationships – a woman and her professor, a wife with a jealous husband – are particularly gripping. Each story is like a little gem, but together they weave a tale of heartbreak, jealousy, desire and hope.

    22. I don't normally read short stories, but thought this one might be interesting. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't what I expected. I didn't understand most of them. My favorite was "Woman with Bird in her Chest." Most of them felt incomplete and, to be honest, a little depressing.

    23. ?really-- zero stars.felt like 9 unfinished short stories. i had no idea what was going on in some of them of those books i forced myself to finish.have no idea where i first read about this book and made me think: "hmm this sounds interesting" not recommend to anyone at all.

    24. A mix of emotions will run thick in your veins as you read the different stories. I would not recommend this book for children. The author does an amazing job of getting the prose perfect for your eye pleasures.I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Story Plant

    25. I was really intrigued by the title of this book, and was curious to see exactly what it would be about. Ultimately, though, I was let down not able to connect with the stories or the characters in them.

    26. You can read my full review at my blog dedicated to literary fiction by female authors, Read Her Like an Open Book. wp/p3EtWm-bV

    27. I loved the writing, but consistently felt the stories each lacked resolution, as if they were a preface to a larger story, rather than a glimpse into a complete moment.

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