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Bream Gives Me Hiccups - Jesse Eisenberg - <span class="date-display-single">10/28/2015 - 7:30pm</span>

Bream Gives Me Hiccups

10/28/2015 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

In his whip-smart fiction debut Bream Gives Me Hiccups, Eisenberg delivers a collection of forty-four hilarious, moving, and inventive stories that explore the various insanities of the modern world. Bream Gives Me Hiccups gets its unusual title from the set of stories that begin the book, restaurant reviews written by a nine-year-old child who is taken out for expensive meals by his newly divorced mother. The stories then move 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 the man’s 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!).   United by Eisenberg’s gift for humor and character, and grouped into chapters that open with illustrations by award-winning cartoonist Jean Jullien, the witty pieces collected in  Bream Gives Me Hiccups mark the arrival of a fantastically funny, self-ironic, and original voice.
 
Doors will open at 6:30 PM.

Jesse Eisenberg

About Presenter Jesse Eisenberg

 

Jesse Eisenberg is an Academy Award–nominated actor, playwright, and contributor for the New Yorker and McSweeney's. He is the author of three plays, Asuncion, The Revisionist, and The Spoils, which won the Theater Visions Fund Award. Eisenberg's acting credits include The Social Network, Now You See Me, Adventureland, The Squid and the Whale, The Double, and The End of the Tour. Forthcoming acting credits include Batman v. Superman.

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