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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jean Thompson  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

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Illinois Connection

Thompson currently resides in Urbana, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jean Thompson has taught creative writing since 1973 at several Illinois Universities and Colleges including the Reed College and Northwestern University. Currently, she is an Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign.Thompson's stories have been published in many magazines and journals, including ''The New Yorker'' and anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize.

Published Works

  • Who Do You Love, Simon & Schuster, 2000
  • Wild Blue Yonder, Topeka Bindry, 2003
  • City Boy, Simon & Schuster, 2005
  • Throw Like a Girl, Simon & Schuster, 2007
  • Do Not Deny Me, Simon & Schuster, 2009
  • The Year We Left Home, Simon & Schuster, 2011
  • The Humanity Project, Blue Rider Press, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

Who do you love :
ISBN: 0743203011. OCLC Number:

Scribner Paperback Fiction,. New York :. 2000.

Wide blue yonder :
ISBN: 0743229584. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York, N.Y. ;. 2002

City boy :
ISBN: 0743242831. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Paperbacks,. New York :. 2005, ©2004.

Do not deny me :
ISBN: 1416595635. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. ©2009.

"Do Not Deny Me is a fictional primer of how Americans live day to day: Thompson's characters -- a middle manager in the midst of a midlife crisis, an urban single visiting her best friend turned suburban mother, a grieving woman looking for guidance -- are instantly recognizable in their predicaments, foibles, and sensibilities."--Cover.

The year we left home /
ISBN: 1439175888. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 2011.

Chronicles the happiness pursuits of the Eriksons from their 1970s coming-of-age to the near-present day, in a story told from revolving viewpoints.

The humanity project /
ISBN: 0399158715. OCLC Number:

Blue Rider Press,. New York :. ©2013.

After surviving a shooting at her high school, Linnea is packed off to live with her estranged father, Art, who doesn't quite understand how he has suddenly become responsible for raising a sullen adolescent girl. Art's 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. Just as mysteriously, no one seems to know where Conner, the Fosters' handyman, goes after work, but he has become the one person Linnea can confide in, perhaps because his own home life is a war zone: his father has suffered an injury and become addicted to painkillers. 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?


Who Do You Love

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