Droll Tales Audiobook, by Iris Smyles Play Audiobook Sample

Droll Tales Audiobook

Droll Tales Audiobook, by Iris Smyles Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 0 hours and 00 min. at 1.5x Speed 0 hours and 00 min. at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798200927357

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Longest Chapter Length:

71:02 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

54 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

14:11 minutes

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Publisher Description

Witty and surreal tales that transcend rationality and illuminate our world, from America’s most original writer

Welcome to the world of Droll Tales, in which reality is a mutually agreed-upon illusion and life is painful, paradoxical, beautiful, and brief. With an oddball cast of characters who reappear in various guises throughout these interrelated stories, Smyles reveals an off-kilter world overlapping this one. And in giving us a tour of this enchanted, sometimes absurd place, with its own workings and ways of expression, she gives us a new way to understand our own.

A young suburban woman runs away to Europe to become a living statue; Mallarmé is at long last translated into pig Latin; a house full of surrealists compete for love on a reality TV show; a list of fortune-cookie messages reveals the inner world of the young man employed to write them; and a story of love and betrayal is told through the sentence diagrams on a fifth grader’s grammar test.

Romantic, dark, and ironic, Droll Tales is a book like none you have read. It is a joyful interrogation of the paradoxes underpinning life, a cabinet of curiosities, a philosophical vaudeville, a puzzle in fourteen pieces, and a tragicomic riddle articulated in Smyles’s singular style, with the mystery of the human heart at its center.

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“Droll Tales is dark, surreal, and very funny, one of the best combinations a reader could ask for.”

— Roz Chast, New York Times bestselling author  


  • “Reading Droll Tales, I am in awe of what a great great great great writer Iris Smyles is.”

    — Patricia Marx, author of You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time
  • “A book full of wonders. Brilliant.”

    — Frederic Tuten, author of Tintin in the New World

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About Iris Smyles

Iris Smyles is the author of several books, including Dating Tips for the Unemployed, which was a semi-finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her short stories have been awarded the Geraldine Griffin Moore Award, the Adria Schwartz Award, and the Dorris Lipman Prize, among others. Her essays and stories have been published by the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic, Vogue, Bomb, Paris Review Daily, the Baffler, and Best American Travel Writing, among other publications.