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Book review: Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich

Spoiled Brats

This collection of stories by the American screen-writer and novelist Simon Rich is an icy skewering of hip New York, a brutal satire of the self-obsessed and deluded ghouls who pound the trendy neighbourhoods of Brooklyn. It is also incredibly funny. The opening story, “Animals,” is a cracker (beware spoilers), a descent into despair and abject desolation as told by an under-fed school hamster. The magic realism of “Sell Out” follows an early 20th-century New York immigrant who falls into a pickling vat, wakes up in the present day and…

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