Kiss Me Someone
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
A Best Book of Fall at The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, BUST, and more
“Dark yet sensitive explorations of family and love—of all kinds—from a masterful writer. The women at the centers of these stories are sharp-edged and complicated and irresistible; you won’t be able to look away.” —Celeste Ng
Bold and unapologetic, Karen Shepard’s Kiss Me Someone is inhabited by women who walk the line between various states: adolescence and adulthood, stability and uncertainty, selfishness and compassion. They navigate the obstacles that come with mixed-race identity and instabilities in social class, and they use their liminal positions to leverage power. They employ rage and tenderness and logic and sex, but for all of their rationality they’re drawn to self-destructive behavior. Shepard’s stories explore what we do to lessen our burdens of sadness and isolation; her characters, fiercely true to themselves, are caught between their desire to move beyond their isolation and a fear that it’s exactly where they belong.
Karen Shepard’s characters vibrate with desire and disappointment, so obdurately individual that a whole world springs to life around them.
—Andrea Barrett, author of SHIP FEVER and THE AIR WE BREATHE
Virginia Woolf have the snares and scars of familial relationships been
rendered with such brilliance, sensitivity, and icy understatement.
—Ron Hansen, author of THE ASSASINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
excels in the rendering of dailiness, with lovely moments of linkage between