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Thunderstruck & Other Stories
Thunderstruck & Other Stories | Elizabeth McCracken
WINNER OF THE STORY PRIZE • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NEWSDAYNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYThe Washington Post • San Francisco Chronicle • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Miami Herald • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus ReviewsLook for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.From the author of the beloved novel The Giant’s House—finalist for the National Book Award—comes a beautiful new story collection, her first in twenty years. Laced through with the humor, the empathy, and the rare and magical descriptive powers that have led Elizabeth McCracken’s fiction to be hailed as “exquisite” (The New York Times Book Review), “funny and heartbreaking” (The Boston Globe), and “a true marvel” (San Francisco Chronicle), these nine vibrant stories navigate the fragile space between love and loneliness. In “Property,” selected by Geraldine Brooks for The Best American Short Stories, a young scholar, grieving the sudden death of his wife, decides to refurbish the Maine rental house they were to share together by removing his landlord’s possessions. In “Peter Elroy: A Documentary by Ian Casey,” the household of a successful filmmaker is visited years later by his famous first subject, whose trust he betrayed. In “The Lost & Found Department of Greater Boston,” the manager of a grocery store becomes fixated on the famous case of a missing local woman, and on the fate of the teenage son she left behind. And in the unforgettable title story, a family makes a quixotic decision to flee to Paris for a summer, only to find their lives altered in an unimaginable way by their teenage daughter’s risky behavior.   In Elizabeth McCracken’s universe, heartache is always interwoven with strange, charmed moments of joy—an unexpected conversation with small children, the gift of a parrot with a bad French accent—that remind us of the wonder and mystery of being alive. Thunderstruck & Other Stories shows this inimitable writer working at the full height of her powers.   Praise for Thunderstruck & Other Stories  “Restorative, unforgettable . . . a powerful testament to the scratchy humor and warm intelligence of McCracken’s writing.”—Sylvia Brownrigg, The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)“[A] bewitching and wise collection . . . playful, even joyful.”—O: The Oprah Magazine  “Stunningly beautiful . . . brilliantly moving . . . Moments of joy and pure magic flicker and pitch-perfect humor acts as a furtive SOS signal through the fog of loss.”—Los Angeles Times“Each of Thunderstruck’s nine stories is a storm: delightful and destructive, packed with electricity, fascinating to watch unfold.”—Salon   “The stories here are brilliant, funny and heartbreaking. . . . Elizabeth McCracken is a national treasure.”—Paul Harding, The Wall Street Journal   “Pure delight: one lyrical, impeccably constructed sentence after another.”—Chicago Tribune   “Beautifully wrought . . . As painstaking as a watchmaker, McCracken disassembles life down to its smallest parts.”—The Boston GlobeFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
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bookwrm526
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This is my first ever book by this author and I loved it!! Short stories are very hit or miss for me, but these were all just so beautiful I didn‘t even mind that they were also very sad. They all deal with loss of various kinds, and a diversity of reactions to that loss.

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LitandLeisure
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Not a part of my #31Books so consider this a freebie!

Thunderstruck is a collection of nine stories about people who are missing – some runaway, some die, others just disappear. It is an interesting thread for what appears to otherwise be unconnected stories.

http://www.literatureandleisure.com/2018/08/book-review-thunderstruck-and-other-...

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LitandLeisure
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I love when reading one book leads you to another. Elizabeth McCracken & Ann Patchett are writing buddies. Patchett mentions her in one of the essays included in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. I stopped reading & ordered this collection immediately. It has not disappointed!

Theshadedbuffalo Welcome to Litsy!! ⭐️📚 12mo
Dr._Who_number10 Welcome to Litsy!!!🎉🎉🎉 12mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy🌼 12mo
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REPollock
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Honestly, I appreciated all of the stories except for the titular one, which struck me as less-well-crafted than the rest. Many more hits than the one miss.

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batsy 💔 14mo
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librarypoweruser
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Hands down one of the best short story collections I've read. Likely to finish this one tonight, which means I'll be requesting the rest of her books from the library around 10 PM. #bookwormproblems

rubyslippersreads Looks like your kitty is waiting to be served lunch! 😹 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Your cat has this look on his face like he‘s contemplating changing what he just ordered with his hamburger. 😂 @rubyslippersreads (edited) 1y
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Hooked_on_books
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I picked up this story collection on the strength of “Juliet,” which was included in Season of Stories in 2016. However, most of these stories I found a bit odd. They just didn‘t work for me.

#LRC song title

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The most common mistake in the world: believing that pleasure and virtue are somehow related.

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malloryomeara
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McCracken's writing is just delicious. These stories are enchanting and poignant and wonderful.

BooksForEmpathy Ooooh yes. Have you read her memoir? So good. 2y
malloryomeara I haven't! I'll pick it up! 2y
Megabooks Loved this collection! 2y
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8little_paws
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#seasonsreadings2016 @RealLifeReading One of the stories in this collection is set in a library, and is about how the librarians react to a violent crime--if you haven't read Elizabeth McCracken I totally recommend her! These stories start out one direction and then take a sudden turn when you aren't expecting them to.

BooksForEmpathy I loved this collection. I recommend reading this one too. I read it first and it totally changed my perspective And added context while reading Thunderstruck. Her writing is so intensely personal. 3y
8little_paws @BooksForEmpathy cool? I believe it's on Hoopla as well 3y
8little_paws @BooksForEmpathy that ? Was supposed to be a ! 3y
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Kimzey
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Cooper also flunks the reading companion test! #readingcompanions #photoadaynov16 @RealLifeReading

TheNextBook Oh no! 3y
Suzze What a cute boy. I used to have an eater too. 3y
8little_paws And so proud of it too! 3y
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UwannaPublishme 😂👍🏻 3y
Julsmarshall My puppy chewed up the same book! Yours is a cute pup! 3y
Kimzey @Julsmarshall Thanks! Funny! It must be an especially delicious read! 😊 3y
SharonGoforth Uh oh!!🐶🐶 3y
Faibka Oh no! But look at that sweet innocent face! So adorable 😊💜💜 3y
CherylDeFranceschi 🐶❤️! 3y
Kimzey @Suzze Thanks! He loves to chew paper of any kind. 😁 3y
Bette 🐶👍💜 3y
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AlexGeorge
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One of the best collections of short stories I've read in years. Up there with "Birds of America", which is about the highest praise I can offer.

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Kimzey
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Cooper feigns innocence after chewing off the back cover and readers' guide to Thunderstruck. 🐾 #petsoflitsy

britt_brooke But look at that face! 💙 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Looking at Cooper's face, I say he's innocent!😇 3y
Nebklvr He was just trying to digest the info he had read 3y
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Zelma He seems very pleased with himself. 😂 3y
ReadingOver50 Oooo I have a bad book eating doggy too 😊 3y
DebinHawaii Are you sure he did it?! I'm with @CherylDeFranceschi -he looks so innocent! 😂🐶❤️ 3y
LilMamaMastro But that face.......!! ❤️ 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And least it was the cover and guide, not the ending! 3y
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Hooked_on_books
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I really liked this first story in the Season of Stories. What a cool idea! Has anyone read the rest of the stories in McCracken's book? I'll probably run out and get it now, so smart of them to give me one on the house. Looking forward to the next story next week!

NikkiA Just signed up now - what a cool idea! 3y
TheNextBook I really liked this story! Really glad they are doing this. Added this book for next year's theme. 3y
PrincessLibrarian I read this, and really enjoyed it also! 3y
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8little_paws Yes, I read this book a few years ago and really liked it!! 3y
BethFishReads Loved!!!! And a good audio 3y
kristenlcoates LOVE this collection 3y
Suet624 Loved the story too! Can't wait for the next one! 3y
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Meganbub
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If you don't already know, @penguinrandomhouse is doing free daily email installments of short stories! It's only day three and I've already fallen hard for Juliet! #notpaid #justmynewfavoritethingever #sharingiscaring

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TheNextBook
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Juliet is the first short story from Season of Stories. It's a really interesting story and it's in a library.

Laura317 I just read the second day of this. So far so good! 3y
TheNextBook @Laura317 This story is really good. I think this is an amazing concept. I hope they keep it going into the new year! 3y
mhillis I've been reading it too! 3y
TheNextBook @mhillis isn't this story so good?! 3y
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Julsmarshall
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This one kept me thinking. I took it slow and read story but story as many are quite sad and take time to digest. I highly recommend though and I look forward to reading more from her! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Litpicks
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Completely loving 'Juliet' - so impressed with @penguinrandomhouse and their Season of Stories!

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BooksForEmpathy
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My September reads! I'm pretty impressed with myself since I started a new job and have also been studying for my first MFT licensing exam (it's next week 😅). But, having a commute to work does wonders for my reading life ☺️. Who else is short on time and a fan of audiobooks!?

Twocougs Nice choices! I've read several of those myself😀 3y
Lindy I'm not short on time, exactly, except there are never enough hours in a day for all the books. That's why I am a huge fan of audiobooks. 😊 3y
Sue Me!! Audiobooks are awesome. Nice stats!! 3y
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BookishFeminist Awesome! Definitely a lot to be proud of here! 3y
DebinHawaii Nice! I am a recent fan of audio books--they have definitely helped me get to more books! 👍👍 3y
arlenefinnigan I've more than doubled my reading and they make walking to work and doing the ironing less of a chore. Good luck in your exam! 3y
Theresa What did you think of Diary? I loved it! One of my faves of the year so far. 3y
Gezemice I lovec the 'diary' and 'milk and honey', too! Great choices, and congrats on your accomplishment! I recently started listening to audiobooks when I do chores, but I only enjoy certain type of stories and narrators, so I generally prefer reading. 3y
magicineverybook This list is so cute, I love your handwriting! 3y
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Julsmarshall
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BooksForEmpathy ❤️❤️❤️❤️🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻!!!! 3y
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LisaJo
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#somethingforsept #shortstories I've only read the first story in this book but, after I read it I had to think about what it said for quite some time. I have set it's a side because I want to read it during @DeweysReadathon ;short stories are a great read during a read-athon.

tkmadden love this collection! 3y
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BooksForEmpathy
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First: cover = amazing. I would like to break out my watercolors now. Second: book = so satisfying.

I read her memoir earlier this year & I must say, these stories are also intensely personal, with a momentous pull towards grief & loss.

McCrackin's stories are unexpected; never the ones I think I'm going to get when I start. To be surprised like this is a great pleasure. Read her memoir first; her writing will hit you harder that way.

Megabooks It is so good!! I especially loved the one following the store owner! 3y
Julsmarshall I just picked this one up. Can't wait to start reading it! 3y
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wanderaven
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Listened to while hiking today as part of my #24in48 #readathon. Every story was excellent, overwhelming. Will definitely read more of her. Excellent narrator, as well.

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Megabooks
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4.5🌟So many good stories to choose from for my blog review! All the stories had big heartbreaks and/or little ones. The descriptive language was incredibly detailed wo being annoying. She doled out crumbs of info in the storylines at a steady pace to keep me interested and guessing about the ending

Megabooks Photo credit: RevBE on Wunderphoto 3y
Gezemice What a dramatic photo! 3y
Karli Beautiful picture! 3y
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Megabooks
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500 woot woot!! 🎉🎉🤗🤗 What an amazing book! Thank you from the recommendation @BookishFeminist 👍🏻 I will definitely be reading more from McCracken. I love holiday weekends for reading!

BookishFeminist You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it! 😊 3y
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Megabooks
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If you like books with excellent descriptions of characters' appearances, then this book is for you! The pink one is my favorite.

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Megabooks
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Assuming I don't bail, this will be my 500th book since April 2012 (purchase of my first Kindle), and my 104th book this calendar year! 👍🏻🤗🎉

Lindy Woohoo! 3y
Ammie That's awesome! 3y
shawnmooney OMG! You're awesome! I have wanted to finally read McCracken after hearing @Liberty rave about her over a year ago now on All The Books. Any recommendations about where to start? 3y
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Donna_sBookMinute @Ebooksandcooks and if you do bail, the next book will be your 500th. No pressure. You're doing an awesome job. 3y
BookishFeminist 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Go you! That's awesome! 3y
Iamlisa22 Awesome! 3y
KateTheBookworm 👏👏👏👏👏 3y
Megabooks @shawnmooney This is my first by her. So far, I'm enjoying it! 3y
Megabooks @Lindy @Ammie Thanks!! 👊🏻 3y
Megabooks @Donna_sBookMinute Thanks! 👍🏻 3y
SharonGoforth That's awesome! 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Woah!! That's amazing! And I loved her memoir - I should check this out 3y
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Megabooks
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TBR Tuesday! 🤗📖 Thunderstruck I'll start next as the final one for two weeks of short stories on my blog. Skinny I picked up with my settlement money. You Know Me Well finally came in at the library. Plus two audiobooks. I'm feeling good about my TBR!

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Megabooks
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Ok, I've decided to do two weeks of short stories for my blog and added two more. Thanks @BookishFeminist for the Thunderstruck rec and everyone who recommended Kelly Link. I've read this one, but it's the only one my library has as a Kindle book. Is Magic for Beginners worth buying?

Rebeccak Ooooooo this just made me want to go on a short story binge! 3y
Megabooks @Rebeccak Honestly, it's pretty wonderful so far! 😃👍🏻 3y
BookishFeminist You're welcome- hope you enjoy! I've read all Kelly Link's adult stuff but not Magic for Beginners, so not sure whether it's worth the buy for you. I'm a big fan so I would, but she isn't for everybody. 3y
Lindy I preferred Magic for Beginners over Get in Trouble. 3y
Megabooks Thanks @Lindy 😃 Definitely good to know. 3y
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Read_Abundantly
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I haven't read many collections of short stories but this one was a great way to get into them. There are so many quotable lines that I identified deeply with. It was a beautiful read!

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Read_Abundantly
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Lunch break reading. Taking my time through these lovely stories. I'm thinking of diving into some Margaret Atwood next in celebration of the announcement of the upcoming Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. Yay!

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Read_Abundantly
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"Love is food. That's all. Neither better not worse. Sometimes very good. Sometimes terrible. But to say - as people will - that wasn't love. As though that makes you feel better! Well, it might not have been nourishing, but it sustained me for a while."

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Read_Abundantly
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From the massive 1Q84 to this beautiful collection of stories. Reading with balance.

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tkmadden
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When ghosts and allergies are casually interchangeable. I remember reading this story aloud to @annabelgraham in Lisbon and we couldn't believe our ears. Elizabeth McCracken for prez, please. ❤️

annabelgraham One of those rare books that made me weep. 4y
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"The dead live on in the homeliest of ways. They're listed in the phone book. They get mail. Their wigs rest on Styrofoam heads at the back of closets. Their beds are made. Their shoes are everywhere."

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