I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro

I Want to Show You More

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 G...

Details I Want to Show You More

TitleI Want to Show You More
Release DateMar 5th, 2013
PublisherGrove Press
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, American, Southern

Reviews I Want to Show You More

  • Perry
    'See Rock City for (Shy) My Titties'[excellent subtitle for this collection*]Love lasts. It's lust that moves out on us when we're not looking, it's lust which always skips town--and love without lust just isn't enough.Tom Robbins, Still Life with WoodpeckerVariations on the dirty mind and talk of a married woman around 40 in her sexual-peak-unsatisfied, transplanted to Chattanooga, TN, living on Lookout Mountain. She has many and varied emotiona...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    After reading and loving Quatro's more recently published novel, Fire Sermon, I was eager to read more of her work. This book of short stories is it! Read so close to the novel is probably the way to do it, because surely half the stories are about the same two people that the novel is about. I'm guessing this is something close to something that happened to the author and she has been writing about it ever since, packaging it as fiction. So some...
  • Melanie
    "What if life is just some hard equationon a chalkboard in a science class for ghosts?"Lyric by Silver JewsLookout Mountain, Georgia is on my map, sharing latitude and longitude with other ghost towns, the places readers return to over and over if they are brave, hunting themselves down among the pages. (My Grove Press copy is appropriately printed on rough edged pages). The stories are unforgettable, the kind that reduce you to heart and lungs, ...
  • Thomas
    A wife returns home to her husband to find her lover's decomposing body on their bed. Runners in a special race must carry phallic statues or face punishment. A boy with a rare condition uses a girl with cancer to cure himself. A married wife and a married man have a lot of dirty, secret phone sex together, except not with their respective spouses.Dark, gritty, and erotic, Quatro's collection I Want to Show You More will interest those who want t...
  • Holly
    Adultery, religion, death, pain, the grotesque, and obsessions. Reviews in the NY Times and The New Yorker, blurbs from David Means, David Gates, Tom Bissell, Sven Birkerts, etc. James Wood caught tones of Flannery O'Connor (the grotesque) and Lydia Davis (the flash fiction-ish stories); Dwight Garner focused on Quatro's sexual themes and suggested a comparison to Donald Barthelme in her allegories. Myself I detected the influence of George Saund...
  • Elizabeth
    I was in a reading slump, but this book pulled me out of it. It's a quick read, but not lightweight. Many of the stories are interconnected, and that story was really beautifully done. I didn't wish it was told more chronologically or was simply a novel; instead I enjoyed reading the different pieces of it as they came. Actually, I liked it so much, I *do* wish I could read it as a novel, but I think it worked quite well as it was. Several of the...
  • Elizabeth A
    I'm not a fan of the short story, as they often feel rushed and ultimately not satisfying to me. You probably already know this about me, and were wondering why I picked up yet another collection. So imagine my delight when I started this book, and found myself having to slow down to stop from binge reading it in one sitting. These interlocking stories explore God, sex, religion, faith, love, infidelity, parenting, aging, loss, running, well, the...
  • Lauren
    This is one of those books I should like, but I don't, and then I feel dumb because perhaps the reason I don't like it is because I don't understand it and if I were smarter I would like it. I don't enjoy that and I didn't enjoy this collection - it didn't resonate with me.
  • Paul Blaschko
    I absolutely loved this book. Quatro mixes surreal and fabulist elements with sharp and illuminating details about everyday life to create a collection of compelling stories that challenge us to think about the stories that we tell ourselves each day. Her characters are reliably unpredictable in their modest desperation. Many of the stories tell the stories of characters attempting to reconcile modern secularity with the surreal stories with whic...
  • Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym)
    I really enjoyed this off-beat interconnected selection of short stories. I liked the way it's rooted in two places (Lookout Mountain, GA/TN and Phoenix, AZ). I like that it deals with issues of faith, which you don't see too much in contemporary short fiction. I like that characters recur but you're not 100% certain they're recurring at first, because they have no names and the only things that keep coming around again are a sexless affair and a...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 This is a grouping of interlocking stories, that highlight many of the things women long for, and give them a surreal bent. Also takes in consideration many of the things men think are important and that women don't place quite the same emphasis or value. Utterly distinctive, some actually made me a bit uncomfortable and some I couldn't quite understand, but I love reading something I wouldn't normally pick up. New and different. ARC from Net...
  • Angela
    At first, I thought this collection of short stories was over-done. But when I read, "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Pavement," I was transported into a modern day, "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson. Then, upon reading, "Here," I experienced a touch of tenderness through grief along the underbelly of a family's life force.At once both familiar and strikingly unique, Quatro has the deft skill of a magician with words, creating both truth and illusion...
  • Alan Heathcock
    I loved this book! Time and time again, these stories set my brain on fire. They changed the way I see the world. That's maybe the biggest compliment I can give--they changed the way I see the world. Jamie Quatro is a major talent.
  • Jane Ciabattari
    One of this winter's most transporting short story collections. Here's my review in The Daily Beast:http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles...Happy groundhog day!Janewww.janeciabattari.com
  • Bart
    There are times when Jamie Quatro's stories strike you square with their originality and make you hopeful about the subjects she will discover as you read further along, and she chooses the subjects for such discovery - infidelity, cancer, Christianity and physical fatigue (brought on by distance running) - but she never quite gets there, never quite fulfills the promise of depth her subjects anticipate, not unlike the infidelity she depicts, inf...
  • Nina Schuyler
    While a short story collection can be knitted together in a lot of different ways—character, theme, setting, subject matter or tone—how tightly it should be woven is less defined. Some collections are so knotted that all the life is wrung out of them. Others are so loose it feels as if the writer had to dig deep to fill up pages.In her debut collection, I Want to Show You More, Jamie Quatro has accomplished a rare paradox: the collection is s...
  • Diane Kistner
    I cannot get the story, "1.7 to Tennessee," out of my mind. I have ached for days after reading it. How often does that happen with a work of fiction? The last time a story moved me so strongly was when I first read Kafka's "The Metamorphosis"; I couldn't stop crying, and I cry every time I read it again. Jamie Quatro's story of the old woman with failing faculties walking to the post office to deliver a letter to George W. Bush protesting the wa...
  • Cassidy Quimby
    Wow. What powerful, strange, raw, emotional stories. I haven't been able to stop thinking about the previous ones as I moved through the book. These are the type of stories that hang out in your mind with the hope of decoding the meanings. There should be a disclaimer on the cover: not for anyone currently depressed! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author has a very fresh way of writing to me. She doesn't exactly come out and say it in mere c...
  • Aseem Kaul
    I have to admit I was expecting more from this collection, given all the glowing reviews I'd read. Ms. Quatro's seemingly endless obsession with adultery left me impatient, and her take on it frequently banal and uninteresting. There's material here for one really good short story about adultery, but spread over six stories there just isn't enough to hold my interest. And some of the other stories - '1.7 to Tennessee', 'Sinkhole' - were clear mis...
  • Lindsay Deutsch
    Jamie Quatro confronts morality, love and religion in the contemporary American South in her debut short story collection. It's dark, bizarre and highly sexual. Many of the linked stories, all set around Lookout Mountain on the border of Georgia and Tennessee, are loosely focused on a woman and her unconsummated online affair. In "Decomposition," a wife wakes up to find her lover's corpse in her bed, while her husband tries to convince her it's j...
  • Justine
    There are stories in this book that took my breath away. I love the mixture of real life and surreal, the things we imagine, and the moments we come back to over and over in our heads. I thought the stories in the beginning had more impact than the later stories but Quatro captures the essence of people, grief and loss, the things important to each person, and the things that capture our heart even when we know they are wrong. Quatro also writes ...
  • Tammy White
    It was startling and disturbing, but quite passionate and very intriguing. For me, personally, I am too sensitive for this type of genre. But in the format of short stories, it was just right. Pushed me to consider from about a hundred new angles. I found myself wondering, the entire time, "Wow! This author! She is something! How on earth did she fathom these stories?!" She (Jamie Quatro) is obviously talented as a writer, sensitive and intellige...
  • Stacey D.
    These stories are mainly a blend of religion, sex, infidelity, sadness and running. A little too much religious fervor for my taste, but I enjoyed the setting of Lookout Mountain, Ga/Tn and the pace of these stories most of all. Quatro uses a mix of realistic fiction and magical realism throughout this collection, which was a little jarring, but surprisingly welcome. Some of the characters and plots from one story emerged in other stories later o...
  • Adele
    An evocative collection of short fiction. There are several linked/interconnected stories. I liked some "storylines" better than others (for example, "Here" and "Georgia the Whole Time" were two of my favourites). And, as with any collection, some stories just generally stuck with me more than others. But overall this was a solid collection that has much to teach any writer--especially those writing about religious communities and grappling with ...
  • Carla
    Another book of short stories that I was anxiously awaiting to read, led me to some more disappointment. Most were okay, but the adult phone/sex/adultery theme was far too frequent, as well as stories that focused on religion. I only really enjoyed one or two of the stories, the rest left me feeling they were "fillers". Certainly Quatro is an accomplished writer, her prose straight-forward and elegant, but too repetitive.
  • Kevin
    I wanted to like this more than I did. She obviously has some great influences (and teachers) but this collection ultimately seems unfocused and messy. I really liked the affair stories and the weird story about the marathon runners as well as "Better To Lose an Eye" and "Georgia the Whole Time." A lot of the church-related stuff just didn't pull me in for some reason. I'd be willing to bet (or I hope) that her next book packs a harder, more cons...
  • Jen
    Reading this book made me feel like I do while watching most French films or modern dance performances: Like I am supposed to grasp some deeper and brilliant meaning intended by the artist but am really not getting it at all. I made it through about half of these stories until I finally quit trying. Some books are delightfully bizarre; others are irritatingly bizarre and feel as if the authors are trying way too hard to be obscure. This book is t...
  • Rachel Watkins
    In addition to having my favorite book cover of 2013, this collection of Quatro's short stories is breathtaking, bizarre, and terribly fascinating. She captures emotions that are familiar as well as reveals surreal realities that one can only imagine inhabiting. I look forward to reading more of her work and I'm sure they'll haunt me as this book did.
  • Anna Groover
    After reading a selection of stories from I Want to Show You More for a class last semester, I knew I wanted to read the entire collection. I didn't get around to doing so until a class I'm in this semester--Christianity and Modernity--kept bringing up many of the themes and ideas I think are present in Quatro's stories. Her stories are dark, theological, and I would even go so far as to say that they're fairly twisted. They're about women caught...