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.
“[The] stories have an unmistakable Hanksian feel. The themes are wide-ranging—and [Hanks] clearly loves America while gently satirizing it. You can hear his soothing voice of reason as you read every sentence. Even certain words (‘Yowza!’) seem like they were made to be spoken by Hanks himself.” —Toronto Star
“[W]hat may be most impressive about Uncommon Type is how Hanks effortlessly takes on the voice of such a diverse cast of protagonists…. While not all are told in first-person narration, many of Hanks’s stories seem a lot like his movie performances: funny and charming but also filled with hidden depth and darkness.” —Calgary Herald
“Based on his keen observations of the world and told in his familiar voice, the…stories get to the heart of humanity through imaginative tales of friendships, families and everyday life…. [A] heartwarming and comforting read.” —Hello! Magazine
“Tom Hanks has a hit on his hands as author of the winning Uncommon Type…. Hanks proves his bona fides as a serious scribe, producing a collection of seventeen short stories so accomplished and delightful he can rest assured he has a great fallback plan should that acting thing, you know, not work out. And that voice. We hear it all through Uncommon Type, as though the star is in the same room, gleefully reading to us…. Hanks does what all the best story writers do: He packs a punch, a pow, a wow.” —USA Today (★★★½ out of four)
“[S]urprisingly uplifting…. Hanks’s prose is impressive, with a strong voice and stylistic flair. Dialogue flows naturally, with an ear for idiom (‘you knothead!’), and the cityscapes and suburban landscapes are artfully done…. This could be the least doom-laden voice to come out of liberal America since the election. And it’s so fluent, convincing and confident that you forget it belongs to Tom Hanks, movie star. He’s just a writer. And he’s going to write a great novel one day.” —The Times
“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
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