Hits and Misses: Stories


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$15.99  $14.87
Back Bay Books
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Simon Rich has written for Saturday Night Live, Pixar, and The Simpsons. He is the creator and showrunner of Man Seeking Woman (FXX) and Miracle Workers, (TBS), which he based on his books. His other collections include Hits and Misses, Spoiled Brats, and Ant Farm. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker.


"Rich's special genius is in his ability to nest an absurd premise in an otherwise ordinary situation... A perfect example of Rich's ability to mix humor and poignancy."--Ron Charles, Washington Post
"Welcome to the sweet but twisted world of Simon Rich... Rich has proved he has a boundless imagination and a sharp sense of humor, and Hits and Misses continues that streak--it's a bizarre and hilarious collection from one of the funniest writers in America... He's endlessly clever but not impressed by his own wit; gentle, but not afraid to test boundaries. It's a kind of humor that recalls early 20th-century writers like James Thurber and E.B. White, but Rich's comic genius is really all his own. He spent years being regarded as a kind of precocious wunderkind, but with this book, Rich has come into his own as one of the most talented writers of comedic fiction working today."--Michael Schaub, NPR
"Great writers tend to arrive when we need them most, and at this moment Simon Rich is a comedic godsend. Hits and Misses is a motherlode of silly, inventive, absurd brilliance. My admiration for Rich is rivaled only by my jealousy."--Conan O'Brien
"Simon Rich is the Stephen King of comedy writers. From the first lines, he pulls you into a world of hilarious, simple, kind, determined, dumb, and bizarrely proud characters who, like us, are terrified of being embarrassed. He is the funniest writer I have ever met and Hits and Misses is his best collection of stories."--John Mulaney
"Simon Rich is the Serena Williams of humor writing... Rich has sharpened his satire over the years, and now he wields it with skill... Rich is at the height of his craft when he is writing on the border between tragedy and comedy."--New York Times Book Review
Simon Rich "writes funny, short, inventive, breathtakingly precise pieces... Rich's insistence on hope, love, and that people (other than himself) are basically good is refreshing."--The Millions