Do Not Deny Me
Simon and Schuster
Jean Thompson
“Liberty Tax”

“Liberty Tax” is from Jean Thompson’s acclaimed short fiction collection Do Not Deny Me (Simon and Schuster, 2009).   Her work includes the story collections Throw Like a Girl (Simon and Schuster, 2007) and Who Do You Love, a 1999 National Book Award Finalist, and the novels The Year We Left, City Boy, and Wide Blue Yonder, a New York Times Notable Book 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.  Thompson’s work has been praised as “bracing and wildly intelligent writing that explores the nature of love in all its hidden and manifest dimensions.”


Thompson had this to say about creating credible characters: I would say that what any writer needs is a curiosity about other people and some degree of empathy so that you have some motivation for attempting to get inside somebody else’s skin. One of the things I tell writing classes is that the more sensational your characters are, the more difficult it is to convey them credibly and thoroughly.

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