One of Dwight Garner’s 10 Favorite Books of 2013 as featured in the New York Times Book Review
“Ms. Quatro’s subtle, sexy and reflective stories are about women who are preoccupied, on the surface at least, with sex, running, God, illness, infidelity and (pretty often) naked selfies. Her stories, like her characters, scan the skies for moments of transcendence.” Dwight Garner, New York Times Book Review
Jamie Quatro in conversation with the Oxford American
Listen to Leonard Lopate’s WNYC interview with Jamie
Sharp-edged and fearless, mixing white-hot yearning with daring humor, Jamie Quatro’s publishing debut is a stunning and subversive portrait of modern infidelity, faith, and family. I Want to Show You More
blends the broad appeal of writers such as Melissa Bank and Pam Houston with the literary acumen of Miranda July and Maile Malloy.
Set around Lookout Mountain on the border of Georgia and Tennessee, Quatro’s hypnotically revealing stories range from the traditional to the fabulist as they expose lives torn between spirituality and sexuality in the New American South. These fifteen linked tales confront readers with dark theological complexities, fractured marriages, and mercurial temptations. Throughout the collection, a mother in her late thirties relates the various stages of her affair while other characters lay bare their own notions of God, illicit sex, raising children, and running: a wife comes home with her husband to find her lover’s corpse in their bed; marathon runners on a Civil War battlefield must carry phallic statues and are punished if they choose to unload their burdens; a girl’s embarrassment over attending a pool party with her quadriplegic mother turns to fierce devotion under the pitying gaze of other guests; and a husband asks his wife to show him how she would make love to another man.
Sultry, acute, startlingly intimate, and enticingly cool, I Want to Show You More
is the thrilling debut of an exhilarating new voice in American fiction.