How We Are Hungry

Stories by Dave Eggers

Publisher: Vintage Canada
How We Are Hungry is a gripping, lyrical and soulful collection of stories from the acclaimed author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Ranging from a doomed Irish setter’s tales of running and jumping (“After I Was Thrown in the River and Before I Drowned”) to a bitterly comic meditation on suicide and friendship (“Climbing to the Window, Pretending to Dance”), and from the Egyptian desert to the asphalt of Interstate 5, these stories are Eggers at his finest. By turns devastating, clear-eyed and funn – incredibly funny – this collection is a marvel.



I'd gone to Egypt, as a courier, easy. I gave the package to a guy at the airport and was finished and free by noon on the first day. It was a bad time to be in Cairo, unwise at that juncture, with the poor state of relations between our nation and the entire region, but I did it anyway because,...
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“These tales reinvigorate that staid old form, the short story, with a jittery sense of adventure.... Eggers does things that should be impossible, and he does them gracefully.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Beautiful stories, anchored in the real world…. How We Are Hungry looks like a classic.”
The Oregonian

“A tour de force.... These pieces demonstrate the same startling geographic range and sly descriptive acuity that animated You Shall Know Our Velocity.... [Eggers’s] prose is supple, transparent and surprising.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Electrically funny ... full of the raw stuff of lives. The pain and the anger. Emotions that get mixed up and change from one minute to the next. The wonder and the joy. It’s all condensed and crafted, worked, that’s what fiction is. But it feels raw, and it’s exhilarating.”
The Globe and Mail

“There’s plenty in this collection to remind us that, for all his noodling around, Eggers is phenomenally talented.”
Washington Post

“[The story ‘Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly’ is] a masterpiece ... the narration is magisterial, without a false note.... It may well be the last great twentieth-century short story.”
The Observer (UK)

"'After I Was Thrown in the River and Before I Drowned’ is a small tour de force that ratifies [Eggers’s] ability to write about anything with style and vigour and genuine emotion.”
The New York Times