Waiting on Wednesday: Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse EisenbergPublisher: Grove Press

Author: Jesse Eisenberg

Release date: September 8, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads: Bream Gives Me Hiccups: And Other Stories is the whip-smart fiction debut of Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg. Known for his iconic film roles but also for his regular pieces in the New Yorker and his two critically acclaimed plays, Eisenberg is an emerging voice in fiction.

Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups moves from contemporary L.A. to the dormrooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the reader into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions. In one piece, a tense email exchange between a young man and his girlfriend is taken over by the man’s sister, who is obsessed with the Bosnian genocide (The situation reminds me of a little historical blip called the Karadordevo agreement); in another, a college freshman forced to live with a roommate is stunned when one of her ramen packets goes missing (she didn’t have “one” of my ramens. She had a chicken ramen); in another piece, Alexander Graham Bell has teething problems with his invention (I’ve been calling Mabel all day, she doesn’t pick up! Yes, of course I dialed the right number – 2!).

United by Eisenberg’s gift for humor and character, and grouped into chapters that each open with an illustration by award-winning cartoonist Jean Jullien, the witty pieces collected in Bream Gives Me Hiccups explore the various insanities of the modern world, and mark the arrival of a fantastically funny, self-ironic, and original voice.

Why I’m excited: I haven’t seen Jesse Eisenberg’s most famous movies like The Social Network, but I LOVED him in Zombieland and Adventureland. I can’t say I know much about his writing, but this collection of short stories sounds really wonderful – funny, smart, and interesting. I’m always hesitant to read books written by actors/famous people because a lot of the time they’re just given book deals because they’ll sell books, but Eisenberg is actually an experienced author, and I’m really looking forward to trying this one.