Staff Pick: Sue on Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

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Put aside your cynicism about celebrities writing books, this collection ticks all the boxes for well crafted, quirky stories. The thread joining all he stories is that of the typewriter, sometimes playing a minor role, sometimes to a greater degree.

“Three Exhausting Weeks” is very funny, and could be script for an intelligent rom-com. These characters reappear in later stories, and as a reader I liked getting to know them more fully.

There are more intense stories, one being “Christmas Eve 1953”, in which Virgil Beuell and his family settle into a picture postcard Christmas Eve in the 50’s.  He then flashes back to memories of a horrific Christmas Eve battle he was part of in WWII.  The intensity of this story contrasts sharply with the humourous romp of the previous story.

Hanks examines the human condition with wit, compassion, insight and understanding. This is a collection that will engage a short story veteran or a newcomer to the genre.

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