PRAISE FOR DROLL TALES
"Erudite, original, and surprisingly poignant. . . . An entertainingly eclectic . . . journey through the odder corners of existence."
"[Smyles is] a Dr. Johnson of artistic conception.... The pithy brilliance pours out like water from one of the sculptural fountains that are described.... 'Medusa's Garden, ' the first piece in this collection, is a seamless masterpiece."–The East Hampton Star
is dark, surreal, and very funny, one of the best combinations a reader could ask for."–Roz Chast, author and illustrator of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
"Reading Droll Tales,
I flashed on Milan Kundera and David Sedaris, before concluding that Iris Smyles is that rarest of birds, a gifted nut, an eccentric fabulist."–John Patrick Shanley, writer of "Moonstruck" and "Doubt"
"This is the book God would read if God existed. I am in awe of what a great great great great writer Iris Smyles is."–Patricia Marx, author of You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples
"A book full of wonders. Brilliant."–Frederic Tuten, author of Tintin in the New World
"I was sitting here reading Droll Tales
, trying to figure out why I was laughing. Contemporary books rarely make me laugh. It has happened four times, I think. Then it struck me. I'm laughing at her book because she's another tough customer who doesn't laugh at most supposedly funny books either, which is why she must write them herself. And thank goodness!" –Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air
is a brilliant and refreshing blend of cleverness and irony that made me laugh out loud, as it revealed the true strangeness of things we consider normal." –Simon Van Booy, author of Love Begins in Winter and Night Came with Many Stars
PRAISE FOR IRIS SMYLES
"Hilarious high jinks . . . instant favorite."–O, the Oprah Magazine
"Smyles is sharp, melancholy, and wickedly funny. She is unafraid to reveal and revel in her character's flaws because it is what makes them so achingly, relatably human."–Interview Magazine
"There are two kinds of people in this world, those without peanut allergies and those who cannot tolerate peanuts or any food produced or packaged in a facility that processes peanuts." Both will love this book."–Andrea Martin, actress ("SCTV," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding") and author of Andrea Martin's Lady Parts
"Often hilarious, often tinged with sadness, but always authentic."–Booklist