A volume of short tales by the National Book Award-finalist author of Like You'd Understand, Anyway features such protagonists as the inventor of the Godzilla epics and an operative who discloses his wife's secrets when he cannot share his own.
Jim Shepard writes what he knows, but he also likes to write what he doesn't know. "I think literature is, in some ways, about the exercise of the empathetic imagination," Shepard says. "I'm always interested in stretching that capacity." You Think That's Bad is his latest collection of short stories.
These days, news of disaster seems to stream in relentlessly — and Jim Shepard's well-timed You Think That's Bad dives deeper into stories of catastrophes and lost control. Shepard's fearless, exquisite writing illuminates truths about the pain of experiencing disaster.