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Why They Cried

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Whether its a report from the real Cannes or a young couple discovering that reading Jacques Derrida aloud can lull their child to sleep, Jim Hanas finds the strange in the everyday and the everyday in the strange. Hanas writes a lean and powerful line that makes even absurd situationsa man who cries professionally, a beauty queen leaving her slob boyfriend for an astronau ...more
Unknown Binding, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by ECW Press (first published March 1st 2009)
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Sep 27, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Hilarious and touching book full of short stories about people crying for all sorts of different reasons. From the couple that breaks up by speaking to each other through their pet dog using baby talk (which left me open mouthed and speechless), to the story of an Arab tough ripping off tourists and famous actors alike while hiding in a hidden space next to an ATM during the Cannes film festival (my favorite), to a professional cryer being bid over at a fundraiser by a woman who wants to see him ...more
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Mar 08, 2011 Moxie Mezcal rated it it was amazing
Jim Hanas is the master of the slow burn. These short works appear unassuming at first, then swell with a skilled balance of humor and humanity to a powerful resonance. They are simple stories, elegantly told, that stay with you long after you've put them down.
Dec 03, 2015 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading!

Clever, unique and smart short stories. Each story kept me wanting to read the next. This is a great book for readers with short periods of time available to read daily.
Jun 08, 2011 Imogen rated it liked it
I didn't find much humor in these stories, which was depressing. Speaking of depressing, the stories were overflowing with tears (one of them, quite literally). And I understand that the title IS "Why They Cried," but even so, you would think that at least the last annoying chapter chopped full of different stories about CRYING would perhaps be cut out. People cry...we understand! I couldn't help but say I did want to find out what happened at the end of most stories, though, so that's why I gav ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
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A brilliant, moving, lovely book of stories.
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