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I Was Told There'd Be Cake



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Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions-or perhaps because of them. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character that's aiming for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cakeintroduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life.

Author Biography

Sloane Crosley's essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, New York Observer, the Village Voice, Playboy, Teen Vogue, Salon, Black Book, Radar, Maxim, and The Believer. She is also the Associate Director of Publicity at Vintage/Anchor Books in New York. Author website:

Table of Contents

The Pony Problemp. 1
Christmas Injulyp. 9
The Ursula Cookiep. 29
Bring-Your-Machete-to-Work Dayp. 53
The Good People of This Dimensionp. 59
Bastard Out of Westchesterp. 67
The Beauty of Strangersp. 85
Fuck You, Columbusp. 91
One-Night Bouncep. 99
Sign Language for Infidelsp. 115
You on a Stickp. 141
The Height of Luxuryp. 181
Smell Thisp. 189
Lay Like Broccolip. 207
Fever Fakerp. 213
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