Bream Gives Me Hiccups

Bream Gives Me Hiccups

And Other Stories

eBook - 2015
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Eisenberg is truly a talented writer. . . Hilarious and poignant." Entertainment Weekly

Bream Gives Me Hiccups: And Other Stories is the whip-smart fiction debut of Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg. Known for his iconic film roles but also for his regular pieces in the New Yorker and his two critically acclaimed plays, Eisenberg is an emerging voice in fiction.

Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups moves from contemporary L.A. to the dormrooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the reader into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions. In one piece, a tense email exchange between a young man and his girlfriend is taken over by the man's sister, who is obsessed with the Bosnian genocide ( The situation reminds me of a little historical blip called the Karadordevo agreement ); in another, a college freshman forced to live with a roommate is stunned when one of her ramen packets goes missing ( she didn't have one" of my ramens. She had a chicken ramen ); in another piece, Alexander Graham Bell
Publisher: New York : Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2015
ISBN: 9780802190819
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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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.

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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