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How Did You Get This Number

Sloane Crosley

What happens when the minibus full of your fellow wedding travellers hits a bear in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness? Or you hear the voice of your high school’s long lost queen bee from a bathroom cubicle? Why is there always a moment of utter disorientation when you emerge at street level from the tube station, no matter how many times you make the journey? It seems that Sloane Crosley can barely step outside her front door without being reminded of just how perplexing and absurd adult life can be. With her characteristic brio, Sloane recounts her amusing attempts to navigate the bumps of daily life. Pleasant existential confusion awaits you.

  • Published: 05/05/2011
  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781846272264
  • 129x20mm, 240 pages

Crosley's charm is her spry tone, the perfect match of form to content

Emma Brockes, Guardian

Shines a bold comic light on life's everyday absurdities

Sunday Telegraph

Crosley winningly captures that stumble into true adulthood, trying to get to grips with her own life with all the sangfroid of a teenager and the anxiety of someone in middle age. The result is generous, terrifically bright and charmingly unhinged

Laurence Mackin, Irish Times

The Author

Sloane Crosley’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Observer, the Village Voice, GQ, Playboy Magazine and numerous other literary journals and websites. In her free time, she serves as a publicist at Vintage Books. She is the author of two books of essays, the word-of-mouth bestselling I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number.

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I Was Told There'd Be Cake

From getting locked out of her flat twice on the same day and being fired for baking a giant cookie in the shape of her boss’s head, to playing bridesmaid for a friend she’d long forgotten, Sloane Crosley can do no right, despite the best of intentions. With sharp, original and irresistible storytelling that confounds expectations at every turn, Crosley recounts her victories and catastrophes, finding uproarious comedy and genuine insights in the most unpredictable places.