Bestselling Author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake
Sloane Crosley’s first book, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, is a deceptively feather-light and thoroughly wise comic romp that was an instant New York Times bestseller. Nominated for the Thurber Prize, for best humor book in America, Cake tills the rich comedic soil of disappointments—social, romantic, and professional—to present an indispensable portrait of what it feels like to be young. Her follow-up, How Did You Get This Number, also a bestseller, is a collection of essays about “making it, zanily, in the big city” (The New York Times). Her new book (and first novel) is The Clasp: part comedy of manners, part treasure hunt, it’s a story of friends struggling to fit together now that their lives haven’t gone as planned, and of how to separate the real from the fake. The New York Times calls it “a shrewd exploration of the modern-day late-quarter-life crisis, disguised as a caper” and a “highly comic, highly affecting novel.”
How Did You Get This Number: an Evening with Sloane Crosley
In her talks, Sloane Crosley injects a crackling youthful spirit into a proud tradition of female humorists. She whips her post-collegiate adventures—suburban every-girl strikes out on her own in the big city—into a fever pitch of bafflement and hilarity. She discusses her circuitous path to success, the indignities of first jobs, the nostalgia for a youth still freshly remembered, and the effect of pop culture to enhance and obfuscate our memories. Her story, unique yet relatable, is about good intentions gone awry and about stumbling into an uncertain adulthood. With a keen humanity, she finds insight in everyday absurdities, remaking the world into a place pulsing with serendipity, anxiety, and wonder. She'll have you laughing out loud and nodding in recognition.
The Clasp: A Novel
Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor are reunited for the extravagant wedding of a college friend. Now at the tail end of their twenties, they arrive completely absorbed in their own lives—Kezia the second-in-command to a madwoman jewelry designer in Manhattan; Nathaniel the former literary cool kid, selling his wares in Hollywood; and the Eeyore-esque Victor, just fired from a middling search engine. They soon slip back into old roles: Victor loves Kezia. Kezia loves Nathaniel. Nathaniel loves Nathaniel.
In the midst of all this semi-merriment, Victor passes out in the mother of the groom's bedroom. He wakes to her jovially slapping him across the face. Instead of a scolding, she offers Victor a story she's never even told her son, about a valuable necklace that disappeared during the Nazi occupation of France.
And so a madcap adventure is set into motion, one that leads Victor, Kezia, and Nathaniel from Miami to New York and L.A. to Paris and across France, until they converge at the estate of Guy de Maupassant, author of the classic short story "The Necklace."
Heartfelt, suspenseful, and told with Sloane Crosley's inimitable spark and wit, The Clasp is a story of friends struggling to fit together now that their lives haven't gone as planned, of how to separate the real from the fake. Such a task might be possible when it comes to precious stones, but is far more difficult to pull off with humans.
How Did You Get This Number
A brand-new book of hilarious and insightful personal essays by the iconic, irresistible Sloane Crosley. From the author of the sensational bestseller I Was Told There'd Be Cake comes a new book of personal essays brimming with all the charm and wit that have earned Sloane Crosley widespread acclaim, award nominations, and an ever-growing cadre of loyal fans.
In Cake readers were introduced to the foibles of Crosley's life in New York City-always teetering between the glamour of Manhattan parties, the indignity of entry-level work, and the special joy of suburban nostalgia-and to a literary voice that mixed Dorothy Parker with David Sedaris and became something all its own. Crosley still lives and works in New York City, but she's no longer the newcomer for whom a trip beyond the Upper West Side is a big adventure. She can pack up her sensibility and takes us with her to Paris, to Portugal (having picked it by spinning a globe and putting down her finger, and finally falling in with a group of Portuguese clowns), and even to Alaska, where the "bear bells" on her fellow bridesmaids' ponytails seemed silly until a grizzly cub dramatically intrudes. Meanwhile, back in New York, where new apartments beckon and taxi rides go awry, her sense of the city has become more layered, her relationships with friends and family more complicated.
As always, Crosley's voice is fueled by the perfect witticism, buoyant optimism, flair for drama, and easy charm in the face of minor suffering or potential drudgery. But in How Did You Get This Number it has also become increasingly sophisticated, quicker and sharper to the point, more complex and lasting in the emotions it explores. And yet, Crosley remains the unfailingly hilarious young Everywoman, healthily equipped with intelligence and poise to fend off any potential mundanity in maturity.
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, 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.
The Best American Travel Writing 2011
The hilarious and well-traveled Sloane Crosley, author of the New York Times bestseller I Was Told There'd Be Cake, helms this collection of the genre's gems.