Biography

Jean Thompson

Jean Thompson is the author of THE HUMANITY PROJECT (Blue Rider Press, 2013), the recent novel THE YEAR WE LEFT HOME (Simon & Schuster, 2012), the acclaimed short fiction collections DO NOY DENY ME (Simon & Schuster, 2009) and THROW LIKE A GIRL (Simon & Schuster, 2007) as well as the novel CITY BOY; the short story collection Who Do You Love, a 1999 National Book Award finalist for fiction; and the novel WIDE BLUE YONDER, a New York Times Notable Book and Chicago Tribune Best Fiction selection for 2002.

Her short fiction has been published in many magazines and journals, including The New Yorker, and been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize. Jean's work has been praised by Elle Magazine as "bracing and wildly intelligent writing that explores the nature of love in all its hidden and manifest dimensions."

Jean's other books include the short story collections THE GASOLINE WARS and LITTLE FACE, and the novels MY WISDOM and THE WOMAN DRIVER.

Jean has been the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, among other accolades, and taught creative writing at the University of Illinois-Champaign/ Urbana, Reed College, Northwestern University, and many other colleges and universities.

Jean Thompson

Books by Jean Thompson

by Jean Thompson - Fiction

After surviving a shooting at her high school, Linnea is packed off to live with her estranged father. His neighbor, Christie, is a nurse distracted by an eccentric patient, Mrs. Foster, who has given Christie the reins to her Humanity Project, a bizarre and well-endowed charity fund. Meanwhile, Conner, the Fosters’ handyman, has become the one person in which Linnea can confide. As these characters and many more hurtle toward their fates, the Humanity Project is born: Can you indeed pay someone to be good? At what price?