Obtained: Penguin Random House CA, ARC
Publish date: September 8, 2015
After having some more experience with the genre of short stories, I’ve come to the conclusion that I really love them. And I couldn’t go without having Jesse Eisenberg’s new collection of stories on my shelves, so I was really excited to get the chance to be able to review it for the blog!
Bream Gives Me Hiccups is a smart collection of short stories that I couldn’t put down if I tried. The topics in this collection span from dating, to family, to my absolute favourite part, which kicks off the entire book, the restaurant reviews of a nine-year-old boy. The stories/chapters are all fairly short, which made it easier to get sucked into (“oh, only four more pages, I can get through that before I go to sleep!”).
Each story, regardless of what section it is in, is quick-witted, very well-written, and incredibly smart, as well as entertaining. I found each story to be making some sort of comment about society, or people, or politics, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The stories were often portrayed with a fairly dark undertone, such as my favourite as mentioned earlier, wherein you get the story of this family from the view of a young boy. The boy sees things fairly straightforward, but the reader is able to grasp heart-wrenching and uncomfortable subtexts from his perspective.
I can’t recommend this book enough, honestly. I was about fifty pages in when I decided it would be getting five stars from me. Fans of BJ Novak’s One More Thing (Stories and Other Stories) will likely find this book to be just as enjoyable.