Bream Gives Me Hiccups

Bream Gives Me Hiccups

& Other Stories

Book - 2015
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"Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, [this collection] moves from contemporary L.A. to the dorm rooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the reader into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780802124043
0802124046
Characteristics: ix, 273 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Jullien, Jean - Illustrator

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Marge2015
Apr 14, 2016

The first story was very funny. After that, all characters seemed to be repeats with the same type of humour and wore thin by the end. Actually I don't think i finished it.

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epelto12
Oct 30, 2015

"Bream Gives Me Hiccups" is a collection of stories written by actor and playwright Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, The Social Network). Filled with stories both long and short, Eisenberg's book will make you think, cringe, and laugh. In one lengthy story, footnote-laden notes from psycho college freshman Harper Jablonski to her high school guidance counselor detail the challenges of roommates stealing ramen, teachers and whether they sexually assaulted you, and other college maladies.

One story is very specifically named "An Email Exchange with My First Girlfriend, Which at a Certain Point Is Taken Over by My Older Sister, a College Student Studying the Bosnian Genocide," which sounds like it will be haughty and pretentious ("Ugh, you don't know about the Bosnian Genocide? How uneducated of you!"), but Eisenberg knows how to make it entertaining and approachable. Other gems include "Restaurant Reviews from a Privileged Nine-Year-Old," "My Prescription Information Pamphlets as Written by My Father," and "A Marriage Counselor Tries to Heckle at a Knicks Game."

Full of funny, often dark humor, "Bream Gives Me Hiccups" will leave you laughing, then wondering if you should have laughed at that, then saying "Screw it, that's funny. I don't care how messed up it is."

Thanks to the author and the publisher for a copy of this book to review.

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