Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry

Portraits of a Few of the People I ve Made Cry The ten stories in this striking debut collection examine the perils of love and what it means to live during an era when people will offer themselves almost unthinkingly to strangers Risks and repe
  • Title: Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry
  • Author: Christine Sneed
  • ISBN: 9781558498587
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry
    The ten stories in this striking debut collection examine the perils of love and what it means to live during an era when people will offer themselves, almost unthinkingly, to strangers Risks and repercussions are never fully weighed People leap and almost always land on rocky ground May December romances flourish in these stories, as do self doubt and, in many cases, sThe ten stories in this striking debut collection examine the perils of love and what it means to live during an era when people will offer themselves, almost unthinkingly, to strangers Risks and repercussions are never fully weighed People leap and almost always land on rocky ground May December romances flourish in these stories, as do self doubt and, in many cases, serious regret Mysterious, dangerous benefactors, dead and living artists, movie stars and college professors, plagiarists, and distinguished foreign novelists are among the many different characters No one is blameless, but villains are difficult to single out everyone seemingly bears responsibility for his or her desires and for the outcome of difficult choices so often made hopefully and naively.
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  • Christine Sneed

    Christine Sneed s fourth book, the short story collection The Virginity of Famous Men, was published in September 2016 and was a finalist for the 2016 Chicago Review of Books Award for best fiction Her third book, the novel Paris, He Said, an Illinois Reads selection for 2016, was published in 5 2015 by Bloomsbury USA, and it is set in contemporary Paris and New York The main character, Jayne Marks, is an artist who moves to Paris to live with a French gallery owner who is worldly, generous, and unfaithful.Her first book, a story collection titled Portraits of a Few of the People I ve Made Cry, won AWP s 2009 Grace Paley Prize Ploughshares award for a first book, the John C Zacharis Prize the Chicago Writers Association book of the year for traditionally published fiction was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize first fiction category , and was long listed for the Frank O Connor International Short Story Award Her second book, a novel titled Little Known Facts, was published in February 2013 by Bloomsbury USA and received a cover review in the New York Times Book Review, February 24, 2013 print edition It centers on a successful Hollywood actor and the effects of his fame on the people to whom he s closest It was named a Booklist top ten debut novel of 2013 and won the Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Adult Fiction Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories 2008, PEN O Henry Prize Stories 2012, New England Review, Southern Review, Ploughshares, American Literary Review, Meridian, Massachusetts Review, Notre Dame Review, Third Coast, Barrelhouse, TriQuarterly Online, South Dakota Review, Greensboro Review, StorySouth, and a number of other journals She lives in Evanston, IL and teaches for DePaul University and Northwestern University She attended Georgetown University for an undergraduate degree in French language and literature and Indiana University for a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.

  • 507 Comments

  • I had to give my book 5 stars no use in pretending I don t think it rocks It was a true pleasure to write these ten stories and I m glad that Portraits is out there in the world, meeting readers.


  • Hmmm I am tempted to use the gr star rating system because relying on stars helps me avoid writing meaningful reviews And I am ambivalent about reviewing this book with or without stars , partly because I am ambivalent about the book itself I hesitate to write a critical review Lately I really want to find the kernel of what people are trying to communicate and to focus on what is unique about a writer s awareness and sensibilities, rather than attending to what does not work for me That said, [...]


  • The title is deceptive Theses stories are not about people anyone made cry A secondary character in one story has given that title to some graphic sketches.Some of these stories are first person, others third person narrowly following the protagonist The stories are set in contemporary America, but vary in social milieu from sophisticated upper bohemians to working class uneducated The protagonist in many is a thoughtful, somewhat rueful woman dealing intelligently with winding her way among car [...]


  • A very good set of short stories with a terribly incorrect description here on The idea of romantic love enters into a couple of the stories, but for the most part these stories are about attachments and attractions and the holes that people try to fill with other people s lives There s a single line in the story You re So Different Now that pretty much sums up the subject of all the stories.owing there are countless ways to be a part of someone else s life , and with relationships based on lust [...]



  • I have a love hate relationship with short stories When they re just OK, I m grateful they re short and I can quickly move on the next But when they re good, I want .Christine Sneed s collection of stories is hot than miss, which is great because she s quickly become one of my new favorite authors, but I also want to know what happens next And yes, I ve tweeted her, but I don t think I can ask that.


  • The first few stories are short stories that give a glimpse of the lives of the characters After reading stories there was a recurring theme and formula All the stories include couples that are romantically involved with a large age gap between the two lovers Think soft core sugar daddy and couger porn I can handle that But every single story contained this formula and the only thing that made these stories different were the characters and settings Sneed is a fine wordsmith, but the stories gr [...]


  • Well, short story collections are hard to rate for me Usually you end up with a bunch of mediocre ones, one or two that were rather boring, one you don t get at all and one or two that were rather good, if you are lucky even the brilliant one you were hoping to find So how do you judge that Most of the time that ends in a 3 star result for me Unless I find a treasure.Not this time though This anthology was on the disappointing side, even the stories that i liked were simply fair, nice, never sp [...]


  • I really enjoyed this Probably my favorite I ve read for the City Lit book club There were some beautiful passages, particularly one about aging in By The Way that moved me The last two stories are wildly different from the rest I m excited to discuss their relevance.


  • I found this collection of short stories overall enjoyable It was fun to read a book by a local author who sprinkled bits of Chicago neighborhoods in several of the stories I found myself interested in most of the stories as I was reading them and most of them ended leaving you wondering but not in an obnoxious way about what happened to the characters next The stories mostly were about relationships mostly romantic, a few about friendships and had themes to which most of us could probably relat [...]


  • A wonderful collection that is vivid yet surprisingly subtle The desperation of the characters seeps under your skin It seems there are an infinity of ways one can behave inappropriately Sometimes the strain of suppressing one s vast, underlying insecurities can be equally humiliating There s an attentiveness to power dynamics and to things like hirsute arms which is sexily off kilter A teacher s self awareness is such that she discovers that, for her, living is an attempt to do things that insp [...]


  • A collection of short stories that, the longer I m away from it, the it feels like I read a novel The overarching theme is younger women in relationships with older men Each is very different, but somewhere in each story the bittersweet poignancy of such relationships comes through It s been about 6 months, and I can t single out any particular story, but the entire book stays with me I m going to go back and read it again Best collection of 2011, at least of the ones I read 2 nd best, just for [...]


  • Just great These are very well written stories that at first threaten to be predictable or at least that was what I expected before starting it , but what I loved is how they have this crazy level of suspense, surprise, borderline dread Ms Sneed does a fantastic job of pulling out elements of these situations and hitting you over the head with them Quite a surprise I m so glad to have read these stories and look forward to reading future work by Christine.


  • I am not normally a fan of short stories mostly because I want to get deeply into the characters and their stories However, this book was fantastic and might have changed my mind a little on short stories I definitely felt like I wanted to learn about each set of characters, but they were interesting snapshots into their lives.


  • Christine Sneed captures how, even when nothing huge happens between two people, their relationship causes lasting impact on their lives, even if the relationship doesn t last Her characters are smart, funny and knowing, and yet still seem to be taken by surprise by their own emotional potential.


  • Interesting the cover of the one I borrowed from the library has a woman in a 70 s type print dress instead.So Almost all of the stories were good enjoyable, though there were two that didn t catch my interest Twelve plus Twelve was my favorite It was interesting and weird and somehow very believable, despite the odd circumstances in the story.




  • Nice collection of stories mostly following young, professional, vaguely artistically inclined women through spaces in and around love and sex and work and memory Some really enjoyable prose that kind of sneaks up on you.


  • came for the quote I saw on the internet somewhere, stayed too long waiting to find it stories about random array of lovers were ok one too many about couples with a very large age difference


  • I received a copy of this through the GoodReads First Reads program.This was a decent enough collection of short stories For me, the nice thing about a collection like this is that you can pick it up, read a few sections, and put it down for a week, a month, a year and not really necessarily miss out by doing so At the same time, this is the kind of thing that makes it hard for me to get through them I may like some of the stories, but if you lose me on a few of them, it s that much easier for m [...]


  • the title was impossible to resist the first story won my attention completely i kept announcing to people i am reading this book and it is wonderful i tried to parcel out the stories, which ran out quickly wasn t impressed by the final 2 stories the author diversified their offerings, but possibly to their detriment the rest was an excellent selection of small, subtle feelings stretched and pulled apart, presented to their banal, devastating conclusions characters who cannot resist their human [...]


  • These are well crafted brief tales, not necessarily fitting the title which is taken from one of the stories My reaction to them is slightly ambivalent On the one hand I find them skillful and subtle, and on the other hand I was not, for the most part, deeply drawn in I generally read one or two of these stories in an evening and then put the book aside in favor of other reading This is not something I hold against the author, however readers and writers both have their quirks and preferences I, [...]


  • In these compelling short stories the protagonists often lack confidence or direction but the writer does not Beautifully crafted prose lures the reader into what is often an introspective meditation on what has or has not happened in the unfocused lives of the lead characters Christine Sneed has a talent for sentences that meander and double back on themselves to expose a character s self doubt or to reveal subtle but significant shifts in an emotional landscape From Quality of Life She had tri [...]


  • After reading many glowing reviews of Christine Sneed s novel, Little Known Fact, and short story collection, Portraits .Cry, I realize that I m apparently way out of step with many folks who consider her the new American literary darling Frankly, I don t care for her writing style at all I recently finished reading Little Known Facts, and just completed Portraits .Cry I found that, of the 10 stories in Portraits, I liked two or 3 moderately well, disliked 6, and absolutley hated the first story [...]


  • cant remember these short storiesThe ten stories in this striking debut collection examine the perils of love and what it means to live during an era when people will offer themselves, almost unthinkingly, to strangers Risks and repercussions are never fully weighed People leap and almost always land on rocky ground May December romances flourish in these stories, as do self doubt and, in many cases, serious regret Mysterious, dangerous benefactors, dead and living artists, movie stars and colle [...]


  • I would have given this book a higher rating, because there are a few stories that are well crafted and interesting but alas I did not There was one story that was completely out of left field, It had absolutely nothing in common, with the style or classification as the rest of the book.And frankly, I grew tired of the slight variation on the same theme of may december romance It seems to me that Ms Sneed s time would have been well spent if she actually developed one of these stories into a ful [...]


  • All of the ten story s are written from the Female perspective ,most of the story s deal with relationships and many of the relationships have a somewhat large age difference between the sexes,but not all necessary with the man being older than the woman All of the story s are most definitely a true slice of life some people may disagree with me on this point I gave the book an overall 4 stars but at least one of the story s got 5 stars and only one got 3 stars.It has been awhile since I have re [...]


  • Portraits was my introduction to Christine Sneed s writing, and it was a revelation The title is very apt, as this author is an artist of considerable talent She has the rare ability to create characters walk off the pages What I particularly liked was that the stories read themselves once beginning, it was hard to put the book down, and I still find myself reflecting on them Memo to readers a good short story is complex and should be read than once, both for the story and also its composition [...]


  • Couldn t really get into any of these stories She s a good writer, but I think the subject matter just didn t appeal to me One story A Million Dollars felt the most real to me Most of the stories followed the same premise older person romantically involved with a much younger person, heartbreak ensues To me, most of the stories felt incomplete I know stories don t always have to end in a perfect little package with a neatly wrapped bow, but I felt like the endings to the story were not as develo [...]


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