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Q: What do Tiger, Paris, Lindsay, Alec, and Oprah have in common with the enduring characters of Anton Chekhov?

A: Love, loss, pride, yearning, heartbreak, renewal, transcendence: the very stuff of life.

The immortal stories of Anton Chekhov have long entranced readers and listeners with their insights into the universal truths of human behavior...but you've never read (or heard) them quite like this.

–Former friends Nicole and Paris exchange prickly pleasantries in "Tall and Short".

–Talk-show host Dave narrowly averts another potential domestic crisis in "A Transgression".

–Reality star Kim shares her newfound notoriety with Khloe and Kourtney in "Joy".

In a witty, graceful, and revelatory feat of literary reinvention, acclaimed novelist and humorist Ben Greenman takes 19 of Chekhov's greatest stories and recasts them with some of the best-known luminaries of our time - with eye-opening, and oddly ennobling, results.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ben Greenman’s mind contains, among other things, a literary critic, a cultural commentator, a cowboy, a satirist, a scientist, a surrealist, a nut, a genius, a child prodigy, and a poet.”

    Susan Minot, prize-winning author and screenwriter

  • “Greenman’s Celebrity Chekhov might be the first literary mashup that actually adds to our understanding of the original work.”

    Very Short List

  • “A high-concept experiment in surreal comedy that’s also an action of devotion regarding the persistent power of literature.”

    L Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christina | 5/18/2011

    " Chekhov's stories are updated and cast with modern-day celebrities. Cleverly done, but the fun of it wore off for me about half way through. I don't think I would particularly like Chekhov's stories without the celebrities.
    Blue Bookcase review coming in a couple of weeks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bibi | 11/16/2010

    " This was an easy book to read by the pool because they are short stories. However, some of the stories did not make sense to me because I have not read any of Chekhov's stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sidik | 10/30/2010

    " SIX WORD REVIEW: Chekhov mixed with celebrities changes things... "

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About the Author
Author Ben Greenman

Ben Greenman is an editor at the New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed books of fiction, including, Superbad, A Circle is a Balloon, Compass Both, and the funk-rock novel Please Step Back. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, Zoetrope, McSweeney's, and Opium, and he has been widely anthologized. He is also a regular contributor to the online music site moistworks.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.