Spoiled brats : stories

by Rich, Simon,

Format: Print Book 2014.
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 10 copies
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Summary
Twenty years ago, Barney the Dinosaur told the nation's children they were special. We're still paying the price.

From "one of the funniest writers in America"* comes a collection of stories culled from the front lines of the millennial culture wars. Rife with failing rock bands, student loans, and participation trophies, Spoiled Brats is about a generation of narcissists-and the well-meaning boomers who made them that way.

A hardworking immigrant is preserved for a century in pickle brine. A helicopter mom strives to educate her demon son. And a family of hamsters struggles to survive in a private-school homeroom.

Surreal, shrewd, and surprisingly warm, these stories are as resonant as they are hilarious.

*Jimmy So, Daily Beast
Contents
Animals
Gifted
Semester abroad
Sell out
Guys walks into a bar
Family business
The tribal rite of the Strombergs
Distractions
Played out
Rip
Elf on the shelf
Upper East Side ghosts
Big break.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When a book opens with a story narrated by a classroom hamster desperate to protect his family from a gang of second-graders, the reader knows to expect something unusual between the covers. Other stories in Rich's (Elliot Allagash, 2010) collection feature a self-absorbed college student spending her semester abroad on Saturn, a pushy mom in denial about her son's monstrousness (he is an actual monster), and a chimp who dreams of a career in sign language. In the longest story, Selling Out, Herschel Rich, a Jewish immigrant, falls into a vat of brine in a pickle factory and wakes up 100 years later, perfectly preserved. He moves in with his great-great grandson (named Simon Rich) and finds little to like about modern-day Brooklyn until he starts pickling cucumbers salvaged from a dumpster behind Whole Foods and realizes his own version of the American dream. Rich takes on many of the preoccupations of contemporary culture with sly wit and a wacky sensibility.--Quinn, Mary Ellen Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In his newest story collection, humorist and screenwriter Rich (The Last Girlfriend on Earth) uses space travel, weird science, and talking animals to knock narcissistic millennials and New York high society down to size. In the futuristic "Semester Abroad," a college student studying on Saturn (where the food "tastes like straight ass") obsesses about her boyfriend while an interplanetary war decimates her host society. In "Rip," a brilliant retelling of the Rip Van Winkle fable, a 27-year-old low-life and aspiring blogger falls asleep for three years and wakes to find that his friends have become sashimi-eating yuppies. Two of the best entries feature a character named Simon Rich, usually in the role of brat-villain. "Animals" centers on a hamster whose family Rich, the "class clown" at a hoity-toity New York elementary school, has neglected to feed. And the novella-length "Sell Out" tells the story of a Polish immigrant who, after being preserved in brining fluid for a century, wakes in present-day Brooklyn and, with no help from his self-obsessed great-great-grandson Simon, becomes an overnight hipster celebrity. Throughout the collection, Rich skewers helicopter parenting, Gen-Me technophilia, and late-capitalist malaise with cruel precision. His occasionally stereotypical female characters and hackneyed resolutions are counterbalanced by on-point details-a club used to maul unhip elders, a post-genocide round of "Never Have I Ever"-that pierce the heart. Agent: Daniel Greenberg, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Generation Y -- Fiction.
Baby boom generation -- Fiction.
Narcissists -- Fiction.
Conflict of generations -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Humorous stories.
Publisher New York :2014.
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Short stories.
Language English
Description 209 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780316368629 (hbk.)
0316368628 (hbk.)
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