How We Are Hungry The 15 stories in Dave Eggers' handsome new collection, How We Are Hungry , range from droll, plotless two-page stunts to long, haunting character-driven narratives.… How We Are Hungry The 15 stories in Dave Eggers' handsome new collection, How We Are Hungry , range from droll, plotless two-page stunts to long, haunting character-driven narratives.… 2004-10-26 Fiction McSweeney's Books
Book Review

How We Are Hungry (2004)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 26, 2004; Writer: Dave Eggers; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: McSweeney's Books

The 15 stories in Dave Eggers' handsome new collection, How We Are Hungry, range from droll, plotless two-page stunts to long, haunting character-driven narratives. In the clever one-paragraph ''Naveed,'' a young woman frets about sleeping with an attractive man she's brought home because doing so will bring her lifetime total of lovers to a ''baker's dozen'' — which she thinks will surely upset her hypothetical future husband. Eggers is a master of these sharp, silly exercises, but he's capable of much more. In the book's finest, darkest story, ''Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly,'' a woman on the cusp of middle age climbs Mount Kilimanjaro, her moods shifting fluidly from joy to regret, exhaustion, boredom, competitiveness, and, ultimately, horror.

Originally posted Nov 05, 2004 Published in issue #791 Nov 05, 2004 Order article reprints
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