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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gabriel Brownstein Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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These nine brilliantly inventive stories capture the eccentricities of the residents of Manhattan's West 89th Street. Five stories are set in one apartment building, where young Davie Birnbaum watches his neighbors' lives unfold. The title story reworks F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with the hero fading away toward infancy on the third floor. In apartment 7E, a lawyer named Zauberman reenacts the life of Hawthorne's Wakefield, abandoning his family so that he can spy on them. And the proctologist in the penthouse plays Icarus and Daedalus with his misfit son.

These are tales of literary voyeurism, as the narrators look in on other people's everyday victories and misfortunes, marriages, car accidents, love affairs, and adoptions, and make sense of it all by thinking about the stories they know best.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wendy | 11/19/2013

    " A series of stories based on one apartment building - very Salinger's - Nine Storis-esque in that each story is related to the main character; they're all intertwined. He did a fantastic job of taking existing short stories and modifying them to make them his. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 5/9/2013

    " Mixed feelings on this one, many of the stories were sort of meh, and a few were very good. Stick to the original, perhaps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sediqa | 5/1/2013

    " I'd so read this one again and again and again ... Loved the little short story involving Icarus and the Inventor of Love. Has inspired me to read Kafka and Auden. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Liz | 4/11/2012

    " too flowery; doesn't seem to be very well written; this is a book of short stories; only read the first four "

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