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Bream gives me hiccups : & other stories
Eisenberg, Jesse, 1983- , author.
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Grove, [2015]

[United States] : Distributed by Publishers Group West,

Physical Description:
ix, 273 pages ; 22 cm
"Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups 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. In one piece, a tense email exchange between a young man and his girlfriend is taken over by his sister, who is obsessed with the Bosnian genocide (The situation reminds me of a little historical blip called the Karađorđevo 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 has teething problems with his invention (I've been calling Mabel all day, she doesn't pick up! Yes, of course I dialed the right number--2!)" --
Bream gives me hiccups: restaurant reviews from a privileged nine-year-old -- Family: My little sister texts me with her problems ; Separation anxiety sleepaway camp ; My mother explains the ballet to me ; 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 ; My prescription information pamphlets as written by my father ; My nephew has some questions -- History: Men and dancing ; Final conversation at Pompeii ; Alexander Graham Bell's first five phone calls ; Marxist-Socialist jokes -- My roommate stole my ramen: letters from a frustrated freshman -- Dating: A post-gender-normative man tries to pick up a woman at a bar ; A post-gender-normative woman tries to pick up a man at a bar ; A guy on acid tries to pick up a woman at a bar ; A lifelong teatotaler, embarrassed by his own sobriety, tries to pick up a woman at a bar -- Sports: Marv Alpert is my therapist ; Carmelo Anthony and I debrief our friends after a pickup game at the YMCA ; A marriage counselor tries to heckle at a Knicks game -- Self-help: Smiling tricks your brain into thinking it's happy ; If she ran into me now-- ; A bully does his research -- Language: Nick Garrett's review of Rachel Lowenstein's new book, Getting away -- A short story written with thought-to-text technology ; If I was fluent in-- ; My spam plays hard to get ; Manageable tongue twisters -- We only have time for one more: We only have time for one more.
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