I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor,... show more
Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions-or perhaps because of them. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character that's aiming for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cake introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life.
Publish date: April 1st 2008
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pages no: 230
Edition language: English
Looking for a fun, quick read? I just finished I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley. It's a collection of essays that are too DARN funny! It's a great summer read that doesn't involve an ounce of thinking. I'm all for not one iota of activity, even if it is just thinking. full review
Hmm. I don't really have anything great or terrible to say about this book. It was just an okay one for me which passed the time pleasantly enough and did actually make me laugh a few times. The author did rub me the wrong way a bit. (Side note: if I pick another memoir that endlessly touts the amaz...
A very decent collection of essays. Often amusing, not quite hilarious. I love her descriptions - they work, and work well.
Amusing if not always laugh-out-loud funny series of essays following the travails of over-privileged New Yorker Crosley, covering adolescent and young-adult adventures in life, love, sex and volunteerism. There were lots of things I enjoyed about the book; her essays are a fun combination of Jen La...
Just not for me. Perhaps I need more girl in me but I failed to find anything worth reading in this. Maybe I am too old and can't get into all the giggling. I tried. I did. The fact that Jonathan Lethem and his adoring crowd all found the book so great should have been a better sign for me. Denial,...