I got an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Bream Gives Me Hiccups is a collection of short stories. Although I don’t remember actually reading the one with the hiccups.
The first story is one about a 9-year old with a divorced mother who took him everywhere because the father agreed to pay for it as part of their divorce settlement. Or, as he later found out, for a different, deeper reason.
Another story that caught my attention was the story of Harper, the unstable college freshman who wrote to her Junior High guidance counsellor about the travails of being in college.
Then there was a review of a book which turned out to be the writer pouring out his feelings for the author.
Most of the book is in monologues, and it gets tiring after a while. I like the humour, the depth and the
frankness with which Eisenberg spoke about things. Also, all the names in the book sounded Jewish to me.
Overall, I think the stories would have fared better with more breadth, variety.
Rating: 3 Stars