Bream Gives Me Hiccups is a collection of stories presented in different narrative forms, from restaurant reviews and dialogues to text messages and email exchanges, exploring a number of topics including family relationships as well as social and political issues.
I always struggle with books marketed as humour because I unfortunately rarely find them to be as funny as they are hyped to be. Bream Gives Me Hiccups is just one more example of such a book. While I enjoyed a number of pieces which in fact elicited a smile and maybe even a chuckle, I personally did not find any of them to be particularly witty, hilarious or even just funny. Jesse Eisenberg’s writing style is pretentious and comes off as if these stories were part of a performance. His emphasis on social commentary is over the top and heavy handed that it actually took all the fun out of reading the narratives.
I wouldn’t recommend Bream Gives Me Hiccups, but if you are looking for a good laugh, some social commentary and great writing check out anything by David Sedaris or Justin Halpern.
Thank you to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.