TOM HANKS: One of the biggest movie stars in the world, if not the biggest, for the past thirty years. He is a beloved figure who has even been selected in an international marketing poll as the most trusted person in America. His first book—and his first work of fiction—is big news and his fans will love it. One story—“Alan Bean Plus Four”—has appeared in The New Yorker. All the others are 100 percent new.
PUBLICITY: Although he will have a couple of very big films coming out in 2017, Mr. Hanks is taking the year off from acting and will be very available for book publicity—and he has promised he will do a lot of it.
THE TYPEWRITERS: Each story involves a typewriter that sometimes plays a large part, sometimes a lesser role. Each typewriter is based on one in Hanks’s own extensive collection, and each story will be illustrated with a photograph of the featured typewriter.
THE BOOK ITSELF: Hanks writes with warmth, sensitivity, and humour, and the characters he has created are fully fleshed out, sympathetic, intriguing in very particular ways. And, of course, the stories give us new, fascinating insight into the imagination of Tom Hanks.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR UNCOMMON TYPE:
“Seventeen wide-ranging and whimsical stories—with a typewriter tucked into each one. Only one of the stories in Hanks’s debut features an actor: it’s a sharp satire with priceless insider details about a handsome dope on a press junket in Europe. The other sixteen span a surprisingly wide spectrum…. Hanks can write the hell out of typing, and his dialogue is excellent, too. Has he read William Saroyan? He should. 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.” —Kirkus Reviews
“It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it.” —Steve Martin
“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.” —Mindy Kaling
“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.” —Carl Hiaasen
“Mr. Hanks turns out to be as authentically genuine a Writer with a capital W as ever touched a typewriter key. The stories in Uncommon Type range from the hilarious to the deeply touching. They move in period, location, and manner, but all demonstrate a joy in writing, a pleasure in communicating an intensely American sense of atmosphere, friendship, life, and family that is every bit as smart, engaging, and humane as the man himself. 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.” —Stephen Fry
“Uncommon Type is funny, wise, gloriously inventive, and humane. Tom Hanks sees inside people—a wary divorcée, 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 humor we’d follow him anywhere. The cumulative effect is of a world I didn’t want to leave.” —Anna Funder
“Reading Tom Hanks’s Uncommon Type is like finding out that Alice Munro is also the greatest actress of our time.” —Ann Patchett
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