“Beautifully crafted stories from one of our most honored authors” (The New York Times), Ron Hansen’s She Loves Me Not is an acclaimed collection of stunning fiction, three decades in the writing.
Ron Hansen has long been celebrated as a master of both the novel and the short form. His stories have been called “extraordinary” (The New York Times Book Review) and “wise and smart” (The Washington Post).
In She Loves Me Not, the subjects of Hansen’s scrutiny range from Oscar Wilde to murder to dementia to romance, and display Hansen at his storytelling best: These are “unforgettable stories, each utterly different from the one before….This is writing that slows the breathing” (San Francisco Chronicle). Readers will thrill to Hansen’s masterful attention to the smallest and most telling details, even as he plunges straight into the deepest recesses of desire, love, fury, and loss. Magisterial in its scope and surprising in its variety, She Loves Me Not shows an author at the height of his powers and confirms Hansen’s place as a major American writer. This breathtaking collection “should put him on the short-story map” (USA TODAY).
She Loves Me Not contains an excerpt from Hansen’s new novel, The Kid, to be published in fall, 2016.
Ron Hansen is the author of ten novels—including The Kid, Mariette in Ecstasy, Desperadoes, and A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion—and two short story collections, among them She Loves Me Not. His novel The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha and went on to the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop where he studied with John Irving. He is now Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor in Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University in northern California.
Praise for She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories:
"Rich in imagery and emotion...the collection confirms Hansen as a top-notch master of the short-story form."
"One of our most honored and prolific authors, living proof of how imagination can step free of every literal habitation."
– The New York Times Book Review
Praise for A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion:
“Ron Hansen has written a mordantly funny, vividly compelling and irresistibly readable chronicle of the Twenties."
– Joyce Carol Oates
"Mr. Hansen is a master of historical fiction...Not since his brilliant Mariette in Ecstasy has Mr. Hansen so convincingly entwined sexuality with fate. This novel reads as breathlessly as a tabloid—that is, if a tabloid were well-written.”
– John Irving
Praise for Ron Hansen:
"Mr. Hansen writes vigorously, and like an angel."
– New York Times Book Review
"One of our finest novelists."
– Entertainment Weekly
"Ron Hansen has proven himself a master of the enigmatic, particularly that crack in the world between belief and reality."
– Boston Globe
"Hansen writes with a sure hand about the inner lives of people struggling to find themselves in a confusing world. His prose is at once straightforward and seductive....we are mesmerized as riddles beget further riddles and layers of the story begin to peel away."