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I Was Told There’d Be Cake

Sloane Crosley

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.

  • Published: 01/08/2008
  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781846271854
  • 129x20mm, 240 pages

I love Sloane Crosley. She's a postmodern Mary Tyler Moore, and this book is wry, generous, knowing - a perfect document of what it is to be young in today's world

A. M. Homes

Sloane Crosley is a mordant and mercurial wit. What makes her so funny is that she seems to be telling the truth, helplessly

Jonathan Lethem

Crosley channels David Sedaris - and Carrie Bradshaw - in a slightly cracked and often charming collection of essays recounting a suburban girl's adventures in the big city

Vogue

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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How Did You Get This Number

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.