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June 12, 2009

Book Notes - Jean Thompson ("Do Not Deny Me")

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Jean Thompson creates everyday characters and situations everyone can relate to. Her latest short story collection, Do Not Deny Me, further cements her status as one of the most talented short fiction writers of her generation.

The Los Angeles Times wrote of the collection:

"The emotional movement is small but powerful. Other stories remind us why Thompson has been compared to Alice Munro. The prose brims with unforced insight."

In her own words, here is Jean Thompson's Book Notes music playlist for her short fiction collection, Do Not Deny Me:

While I don't listen to music while I write (I doubt if many writers do), just because it's too easy to get involved in someone else's vision while I'm trying to hold fast to my own, here's a list of ten songs I kind of like, and why:

1. Jill Scott - "Whatever"

One great lady. We should all be so smooth.

2. Alison Krauss and Robert Plant - "Gone Gone Gone"

If you've been mixed up in some bad love, this will cheer you up on your way out the door.

3. Bob Dylan - "Tight Connection To My Heart"

And this will help you keep your mad going, if you decide to stay.

4. U2 and Green Day - "The Saints Are Coming"

An anthem for the world.

5. Johnny Cash - "Ghostriders in the Sky"

Admit it, you still want to be a cowboy.

6. Plain White T's - "Hey There Delilah"

It's all about the promises.

7. Brandy - "Right Here (Departed)"

Like gospel, but put through a remix.

8. k.d. lang - "Hallelujah"

Everybody's got their favorite version of this Leonard Cohen song, and this one's mine.

9. Dixie Chicks - "Taking The Long Way"

Best song for girls getting behind the wheel.

10. Bob Seger - "Face the Promise"

A long life and a rough road, but the man can still sing.

Jean Thompson and Do Not Deny Me links:

the author's website
the author's book tour events

Emerging Writers Network review
Feminist Review review
Flavorwire review
Los Angeles Times review
Publishers Weekly review

Chicago Tribune profile of the author
Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist by the author for Throw Like a Girl
One Story interview with the author
The Rumpus review

also at Largehearted Boy:

other Book Notes submissions (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
52 Books, 52 Weeks

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