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Thompson, Jean 1950-

Overview
Works: 30 works in 158 publications in 1 language and 11,459 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Short stories  Short stories  Psychological fiction  Personal narratives  Novels  Fairy tales  Biography 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3570.H625, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Jean Thompson
The year we left home by Jean Thompson( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the happiness pursuits of the Eriksons from their 1970s coming-of-age to the near-present day, in a story told from revolving viewpoints
The humanity project by Jean Thompson( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After surviving a shooting at her high school, Linnea is sent to live with her estranged father, Art. Art's neighbor, Christie, is a nurse whose eccentric patient, Mrs. Foster, has given her the reins of the Humanity Project, a bizarre and well-endowed charity fund. Conner, the Fosters' handyman, has become the one person Linnea can confide in. As these characters hurtle toward their fates, the Humanity Project is born: Can you pay someone to be good?
A cloud in the shape of a girl : a novel by Jean Thompson( Book )

10 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of The Year We Left Home comes a moving family saga about three generations of women who struggle to find freedom and happiness in their small Midwestern college town. A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a poignant novel about three generations of the Wise family--Evelyn, Laura, and Grace--as they hunt for contentment amid chaos of their own making. Evelyn set aside her career to marry, late, and motherhood never became her. Her daughter Laura felt this acutely and wants desperately to marry, but she soon discovers her husband Gabe to be a man who expects too much of everyone in his life, especially his musician son. Grace has moved out from Laura and Gabe's house, but can't seem to live up to her potential--whatever that might be. In A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl we see these women and their trials, small and large: social slights and heartbreaks; marital disappointments and infidelities; familial dysfunction; mortality. Spanning from World War II to the present, Thompson reveals a matrilineal love story that is so perfectly grounded in our time--a story of three women regressing, stalling, and yes, evolving, over decades. One of the burning questions she asks is: by serving her family, is a woman destined to repeat the mistakes of previous generations, or can she transcend the expectations of a place, and a time? Can she truly be free? Evelyn, Laura, and Grace are the glue that binds their family together. Tethered to their small Midwestern town--by choice or chance--Jean Thompson seamlessly weaves together the stories of the Wise women with humanity and elegance, through their heartbreaks, setbacks, triumphs, and tragedies"--
She poured out her heart by Jean Thompson( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tracing the complicated friendship of two very different women who meet in college, She Poured Out Her Heart is a novel of remarkable psychological suspense, crafted by National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson. The night that Jane and Bonnie meet on a college campus sets them on paths forever entwined. Bonnie, the wild and experimental one, always up for anything, has spent the past two decades bouncing between ill-fated relationships, while Jane's seemingly perfect life, perfect husband, and perfect children have all but materialized out of a fantasy. But these appearances contradict the quiet, inescapable doubt Jane feels about her life. One night, in the middle of her own Christmas party, she steps outside into the snow, removes her clothing and shoes, and lies down in the backyard. When she is discovered, nothing is the same for anyone. As Jane begins to have visions and retreat into a private inner world, Bonnie finds herself drawn inevitably into an affair with Jane's husband. Thompson's mastery of complex emotion begets a novel of desire and the nature of love--who we love, how we're loved, and, most important, that we reach urgently and always for a higher love, regardless of our circumstances. She Poured Out Her Heart is a finely wrought, haunting story of female friendship and deception, and the distance in between"--
Wide blue yonder : a novel by Jean Thompson( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the summer of 1999, Springfield, Illinois, becomes the center of a climatic, emotional, and metaphysical storm for four people--Uncle Harvey, his troubled niece Josie, Josie's desperate mother Elaine, and Rolando, a loner fueled by rage
The witch : and other tales re-told by Jean Thompson( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of stories that put a modern twist on classic fairy tales, depicting characters ranging from lost children who try to find their way home to adults who confront their past misdeeds
Throw like a girl : stories by Jean Thompson( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve short stories feature an array of female narrators who experience the transition from youthful innocence to experience
Who do you love : stories by Jean Thompson( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories featuring unhappy protagonists, many of them lonely. In Heart of Gold, a lonely woman finds solace in the heroes of cowboy movies, while in The Widower, after selling a young couple his house, a lonely man tries to insert himself in their life
Do not deny me : stories by Jean Thompson( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Do Not Deny Me is a fictional primer of how Americans live day to day: Thompson's characters -- a middle manager in the midst of a midlife crisis, an urban single visiting her best friend turned suburban mother, a grieving woman looking for guidance -- are instantly recognizable in their predicaments, foibles, and sensibilities."--Cover
City boy : a novel by Jean Thompson( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His idealistic, rose-hued perceptions about life and love shattered by an inconsiderate neighbor's perpetual partying, newlywed Jack struggles to tame out-of-control emotions and save his marriage over the course of an intensely hot, vice-compromised Chicago summer
The house of tomorrow by Jean Thompson( Book )

9 editions published between 1967 and 1974 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young girl presents the true story of her experiences in an unwed mothers' home, tells about the reactions of the other girls in the same situation, and explains her feelings and emotions as she gradually matures and learns to do what is best for her child
The best American short stories, 2001 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines by Barbara Kingsolver( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of twenty American short stories by authors such as Rick Bass, Robert Olen Butler, Alice Mono, Joyce Carol Oates, and Tobias Wolff. Includes a list of 100 additional notable stories from 1991
The year we left home by Jean Thompson( Recording )

15 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This sweeping story, set during the tumultuous final decades of the twentieth century, begins in 1973, when the Ericksons of Grenada, Iowa, gather for the wedding of their eldest daughter, Anita. Even as they celebrate, the fault lines in the family emerge. The bride just wants to raise a family in her hometown while her brother, Ryan, plans his escape. He is joined by their cousin Chip, an unpredictable, war-damaged loner who will show Ryan both the appeal and perils of freedom. Torrie, the youngest, is also intent on escape, but her choices will bring about a tragedy that changes the entire family forever. Stretching from the Iowa farmlands to suburban Chicago to contemporary Italy-- through the Vietnam War's aftermath, the farm crisis, the numerous economic booms and busts--this book follows the Erickson siblings as they confront prosperity and heartbreak, setbacks and triumphs."--Container insert
The Best American short stories, 1979( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short stories of 1979
The gasoline wars : Stories by Jean Thompson( Book )

5 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The humanity project : a novel by Jean Thompson( Recording )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story follows a far flung group of individuals now settled in the San Francisco valley, each wrestling with economic, social and personal issues, and who cross paths by way of the bizarrely innocent idea for a 'Humanity Project.'
Little Face and other stories by Jean Thompson( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The woman driver by Jean Thompson( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My wisdom : a novel by Jean Thompson( Book )

3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cloud in the shape of a girl : a novel by Jean Thompson( Recording )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From National Book Award finalist and the New York Times best selling author of The Year We Left Home comes a moving family saga about three generations of women who struggle to find freedom and happiness in their small Midwestern college town
 
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The year we left home
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Wide blue yonder : a novelThrow like a girl : storiesWho do you love : storiesDo not deny me : storiesCity boy : a novelThe best American short stories, 2001 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazinesThe year we left home
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English (140)