Summary and book reviews of Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type

Some Stories

by Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
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    Oct 2017, 416 pages

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A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game - and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

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Hanks's narrators speak with similar verbal tics - multiple narrators say 'Noo Yawk,' for example - but the stories they tell generally charm. The only true misfires come when Hanks breaks away from traditional structure: the story-as-screenplay 'Stay With Us' drags, and faux newspaper columns by man of the people Hank Fiset start clever but turn grating.

Ann Patchett

Reading Tom Hanks's Uncommon Type is like finding out that Alice Munro is also the greatest actress of our time.

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A surprising and satisfying book from a first-time fiction writer.

Kirkus Reviews

While these stories have the all-American sweetness, humor, and heart we associate with his screen roles, Hanks writes like a writer, not a movie star.

Author Blurb Steve Martin
It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it.

Author Blurb Mindy Kaling
The central quality to Tom's writing is a kind of poignant playfulness. It's exactly what you hope from him, except you wish he were sitting in your home, reading it aloud to you, one story at a time.

Author Blurb Carl Hiaasen
Wait - Tom Hanks can write, too? Funny, moving, deftly surprising stories? That's just swell. Maybe there's no crying in baseball, pal, but it's perfectly acceptable in the book business. That's how we drown envy.

Author Blurb Stephen Fry
Mr. Hanks turns out to be as authentically genuine a Writer with as capital a W as ever touched a typewriter key. The stories in Uncommon Type range from the hilarious to the deeply touching...All with that extra quality of keenly observant and sympathetic intelligence that has always set Tom Hanks apart. I blink, bubble and boggle in amazed admiration.

Author Blurb Anna Funder
Uncommon Type is funny, wise, gloriously inventive and humane. Tom Hanks sees inside people – a wary divorcee, a billionaire trading desire for disaster, a boy witnessing his father's infidelity, a motley crew shooting for the moon – with such acute empathy and good humour we'd follow him anywhere.

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