Jim Hanas writes a lean and powerful line that makes even absurd situations -- a man who cries professionally, a talking dog that can't really talk -- seem painfully familiar. Why They Cried -- which features stories that originally appeared in McSweeney's, One Story, and Fence -- answers its own question, and the answer is funnier than you think.
"... demonstrates real insight into the way we live now."
–Glenn Lester at The Rumpus
"Jim Hanas has a remarkable talent for imagining and crafting uncanny little worlds that make me vaguely nervous. And yet I never want to leave."
–Rob Walker, co-founder of Significant Objects
"A tender and smart assembly of fiction about people trying to communicate -- with each other, the world -- and all the ways they fail. Fail better, fail beautifully."
–Fiona Maazel, author of Last Last Chance