I Want To Show You More by Jamie Quatro

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Ms. Quatro’s stories can misfire. A few feel unresolved. Some are barely vignettes. Her jokes can fizzle.
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“A brilliant new voice in American fiction has arrived. Bright, sharp, startling, utterly distinctive, passionate, and secretive, Quatro’s stories are missives from deep within the landscape of American womanhood. . . . She has earned a place alongside Amy Hempel, Lydia Davis, and Alice Munro.”—David Means

“Fasten your seat belt: Jamie Quatro is a writer of great talent who knows how to take a dark turn without ever tapping the brakes and then bring you back into daylight with breathtaking precision. These amazing stories explore the human boundaries between the physical world and the spiritual—lust, betrayal, and loss in perfect balance with love, redemption, and grace.”—Jill McCorkle

Sharp-edged and fearless, mixing white-hot yearning with daring humor, Jamie Quatro’s debut collection is a beautiful and disquieting portrait of infidelity, faith, and family.

The hypnotically intimate, urgent stories in I Want to Show You More are about lives stretched between spirituality and sexuality in the New American South. In narrative modes ranging from the traditional to the fabulist, these stories are interconnected explorations of God, illicit sex, raising children—and running. Jamie Quatro’s stories confront us with dark theological complexities, fractured marriages, and mercurial temptations: a wife comes home with her husband to find her lover’s corpse in their bed; a teenager attends a Bible Camp where he seduces a young cancer survivor with hopes of curing his own rare condition; marathon runners on a Civil War battlefield must carry phallic statues and are punished if they choose to unload their burdens; a girl’s embarrassment over attending a pool party with her quadriplegic mother turns to fierce devotion under the pitying gaze of other guests; and a husband asks his wife to show him how she would make love to another man.

I Want to Show You More unleashes Quatro’s exhilarating talent for exposing the quiet terrors of modern life with stunning and subversive energy.
 

About Jamie Quatro

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Jamie Quatro's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, McSweeney's, Oxford American, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. A finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and the winner of the 2011 American Short Fiction Story Contest, she is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and was the Georges and Anne Borchardt Scholar at the 2011 Sewanee Writers' Conference. Quatro holds graduate degrees from the College of William and Mary and Bennington College. www.jamiequatro.com
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Grove Press. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by J. Robert Lennon on Mar 21 2013

Though Quatro is gifted at conventional psychological realism, she is strongest here when she ventures into the fantastic.

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Below average
Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Mar 14 2013

Ms. Quatro’s stories can misfire. A few feel unresolved. Some are barely vignettes. Her jokes can fizzle.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Patrick Ryan on Apr 07 2013

Underscores Quatro’s mature understanding of how we handle disappointment.

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