Why They Cried by Jim Hanas

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Whether it's 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. Why They Cried answers its own question and the answer is funnier than you think.
"Reminiscent of George Saunders and James Thurber, Why They Cried is a great collection of modern tales." -Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief and co-founder of One Story magazine

"Jim Hanas has a remarkable talent for imagining and crafting uncanny little worlds that make me vaguely nervous. And yet I never want to leave." -Rob Walker, co-founder of Significant Objects

"A tender and smart assembly of fiction about people trying to communicate -- with each other, the world -- and all the ways they fail. Fail better, fail beautifully." -Fiona Maazel, author of Last Last Chance

About Jim Hanas

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Jim Hanas is the author of Cassingle and Single, two e-book collections of short stories that previously appeared in McSweeney's, Fence, One Story, The Land-Grant College Review, Bridge, Twelve Stories, and elsewhere. His non-fiction and humor pieces have appeared in Slate, Radar, Print, and The New York Post. He lives in New York. 
Published October 1, 2010 by ECW Press.
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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