I Was Told There'd Be Cake

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Penguin, Apr 1, 2008 - Humor - 240 pages
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From the author of the novel, The Clasp, hailed by Michael Chabon, Heidi Julavits, and J. Courtney Sullivan.

Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays from Sloane Crosley is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory.


From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions -- or perhaps because of them. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character who aims for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cake introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life.

Sloane Crosley is also the author of How Did You Get This Number.


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User Review  - AlisonLea - LibraryThing

I had such high expectations for this book, given the effusive praise on the back cover, but it didn't really live up to those expectations. Not uproariously funny, not tear-jerking, more of "huh". Read full review

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User Review  - Betty.Ann.Beam - LibraryThing

I wouldn't rush out to borrow or buy this volume. If you enjoy this kind of humor, try Augustin Burroughs. Some of the essays are funny and telling; most are just so-so. Read full review

Contents

THE PONY PROBLEM
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
THE URSULA COOKIE
BRINGYOURMACHETETOWORK DAY
THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THIS DIMENSION
BASTARD OUT OF WESTCHESTER
THE BEAUTY OF STRANGERS
FUCK YOU COLUMBUS
SIGN LANGUAGE FOR INFIDELS
YOU ON A STICK
THE HEIGHT OF LUXURY
SMELL THIS
LAY LIKE BROCCOLI
FEVER FAKER
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Sloane Crosley is the author of the novel The Clasp, and the bestselling essay collections How Did You Get This Number and I Was Told There'd Be Cake, which was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, New York Observer, the Village Voice, Playboy, Teen Vogue, Salon, Black Book, Radar, Maxim, and The Believer. She lives in New York City.


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