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Why They Cried
by Jim Hanas (Goodreads Author)
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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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
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.
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
I am the author of Why They Cried, a collection of short stories, out now as an e-book original from Joyland and ECW Press.More about Jim Hanas...