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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,417 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathan Englander Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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These eight new stories from the celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander display a gifted young author grappling with the great questions of modern life, with a command of language and the imagination that place Englander at the very forefront of contemporary American fiction.
The title story, inspired by Raymond Carver’s masterpiece, is a provocative portrait of two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game. In the outlandishly dark “Camp Sundown” vigilante justice is undertaken by a group of geriatric campers in a bucolic summer enclave. “Free Fruit for Young Widows” is a small, sharp study in evil, lovingly told by a father to a son. “Sister Hills” chronicles the history of Israel’s settlements from the eve of the Yom Kippur War through the present, a political fable constructed around the tale of two mothers who strike a terrible bargain to save a child. Marking a return to two of Englander’s classic themes, “Peep Show” and “How We Avenged the Blums” wrestle with sexual longing and ingenuity in the face of adversity and peril. And “Everything I Know About My Family on My Mother’s Side” is suffused with an intimacy and tenderness that break new ground for a writer who seems constantly to be expanding the parameters of what he can achieve in the short form.
Beautiful and courageous, funny and achingly sad, Englander’s work is a revelation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Englander’s latest short story collection marks him out as one of the finest American writers of his generation.”

    Financial Times

  • “Virtuosic…Each of these meticulously chiseled stories contains a hidden stinger that throws the reader for a wicked loop…These are stories that give you goose bumps.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “What Englander is saying is that we know ourselves, or don’t, on different levels, that we exist individually and as part of a heritage…Who will hide us? Who are we, really? How do ritual and culture intersect? Such questions exist at the heart of this accomplished collection, in which stories are what make us who we are.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Profound and magical…These eight masterful stories also continue the work of Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, and Bernard Malamud—authors who mined the Jewish-American experience with tremendous humor, humanity, and healthy amounts of guilt.”

    USA Today

  • “Nathan Englander is a master at putting remarks into the mouths of ordinary people that distill entire streams of politics and religion…They ring true and are a funny, chilling, joy to read.”

    Plain Dealer

  • “Englander is at his best…He never writes less than gorgeously, but when, from narrow confines, he puts his finger on the universal, he’s Shakespeare.”

    Bloomberg News

  • “Humane, philosophically provocative…Each story in the book is essentially a parable, and Englander’s special talent is to burnish his parables with a patina of persuasive realism…Characters tell (and retell) stories within stories, and seek to understand themselves by means of narrative, in a way that seems quintessentially, satisfyingly Jewish.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Imaginatively powerful…What makes the stories resonate long after their final paragraphs is Englander’s odd coupling of the morally serious and the deliciously comic…His second collection of short stories more than fulfills the large promises of his first. What do we do when we talk about Englander? We talk about how he has become a master storyteller.”

    Miami Herald

  • “I’m in love. For evidence that collections can be just as satisfying, read as deep, if not deeper, and beat with as much life and insight as a hulking novel, look no further.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Audacious and idiosyncratic, darkly clever, and brightly faceted.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Terrific…When is a short story mightier than a novel? When its elisions speak as loudly as its lines. Englander knows where to hold back, a particular gift when writing about and around the martyr of his title, the locked up and locked in. A kind of hard-won wisdom spills out on every page.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Selected for the February 2012 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tamara Herrera | 2/5/2014

    " I agree with my awesome friend Amy on this one -- these stories I could not put down. I read one right after the other trying to find a common thread (besides the obvious one from the title). One theme that grabbed me was the many definitions of "courage" throughout these stories. I also admired that the author has a very spare way with words but can tell so much. I look forward to reading more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marcie | 2/3/2014

    " Philosophical and unpredictable. A great voice. Some of it is very funny, but I'm mainly left with a feeling of disquiet which is, I suppose, culturally appropriate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah Liu | 1/26/2014

    " Great first two stories in this collection; the rest fall into the category of male Jewish angst about sex life, a la Philip Roth and Woody Allen. Been there, done that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Christian | 1/20/2014

    " Would give zero stars if possible. "

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