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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories
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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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      • source: Michael Chabon
      • content: "Englander's new collection of stories tells the tangled truth of life in prose that, as ever, surprises the reader with its gnarled beauty . . . Certifiable masterpieces of contemporary short-story art."
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      • source: Téa Obreht
      • content: "A resounding testament to the power of the short story from a master of the form. Englander's latest hooks you with the same irresistible intimacy, immediacy and deliciousness of stumbling in on a heated altercation that is absolutely none of your business; it's what great fiction is all about."
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      • source: Jonathan Franzen
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      • source: Colum McCann
      • content: "Courageous and provocative. Edgy and timeless. In Englander's hands, storytelling is a transformative act. Put him alongside Singer, Carver, and Munro. Englander is, quite simply, one of the very best we have."
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      • source: Geraldine Brooks
      • content: "Nathan Englander writes the stories I am always hoping for, searching for. These are stories that transport you into other lives, other dreams. This is deft, engrossing, deeply satisfying work. Englander is, to me, the modern master of the form. And this collection is the very best of the best."
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      • source: Jennifer Egan
      • content: "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank vividly displays the humor, complexity, and edge that we've come to expect from Nathan Englander's fiction--always animated by a deep, vibrant core of historical resonance."
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      • source: Jonathan Safran Foer
      • content: "Englander's wisest, funniest, bravest, and most beautiful book. It overflows with revelations and gems."
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      • source: Jonathan Lethem
      • content: "Nathan Englander's elegant, inquisitive, and hilarious fictions are a working definition of what the modern short story can do."
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      • source: Dave Eggers
      • content: "The depth of Englander's feeling is the thing that separates him from just about everyone. You can hear his heart thumping feverishly on every page."
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      • source: Richard Russo
      • content: "Nathan Englander is one of those rare writers who, like Faulkner, manages to make his seemingly obsessive, insular concerns all the more universal for their specificity. It's this neat trick, I think, that makes the stories in his new collection so utterly haunting."
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      • source: Financial Times
      • content: "A marvel ... At home in many idioms, Englander unerringly finds the right one for each of his stories...few literary works have better demonstrated their veracity lately than this glorious collection."
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      • source: The Independent
      • content: "Outstanding...In the title story, two Jewish couples spar relentlessly, and Englander shows an unerring ear for dialogue"
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      • content: "Nathan Englander, a master of short fiction, writes about West Bank settlers and Orthodox families, the Holocaust and mixed marriages, but not to editorialize about them. His real subjects are memory, obsession, choices, and consequences...In Nathan Englander's eyes, human beings make choices for admirable and regrettable reasons, with good and bad outcomes. His compelling storytelling, his compassion, and his startling originality make Englander an essential writer. This collection confirms his exceptional talents yet again, and it is not to be missed."
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      • source: Vanity Fair
      • content: "Few collections are ever heralded as 'big books' or are met with as much excitement as Nathan Englander's. Relieving our unbearable urge for more is What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, stories that possess the age-old wisdom of folktales populated by characters trapped in the net of history confronting the universal capacity for evil and the depths of our longing."
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      • content: "While so much of today's Jewish-American fiction revolves around the inheritance of loss and the ancestral need to remember, Englander brilliantly, often hilariously, and occasionally quite jarringly tackles the very nature of memory itself, how extreme the difference can be between generations, and what exactly one owes one's forbearers when it comes to a heritage of pain and dislocation."
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      • source: Booklist
      • content: "In his new collection, the reader feels the musculature beneath the skin of his short fiction and keenly appreciates that this is where his supreme power lies. Englander is his own writer. One may think of, say, Bernard Malamud as a possible influe
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      • content: Englander's latest is a mixed bag of short stories--some bizarre, some eerie, all thought provoking. Each narrator brings an inimitable voice to his or her story. In the title story, Fred Sanders performs a delicate dance as Orthodox Jew reconnects with secular Jew, weighing their values. Arthur Morey finds the humor in "Camp Sundown," in which the director of a youth camp and a neighboring elderhostel tries to keep his sanity. Englander's narration of "The Reader" is eerie, recounting the story of a once popular author who travels from one empty book reading to another pursued by a fan who is demanding to be read to. Mark Bramhall's smooth, steady delivery of "Free Fruit for Young Widows" will shock the listener with its insights on the lifelong repercussions of Holocaust survival. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
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