What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank: Stories

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From the title story that presents a portrait of two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game, to a dark story of vigilante justice undetaken by a troop of geriatric campers, a moving collection showcases some of the authors best work. 100,000 first printing.

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Praise for Nathan Englander's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank"
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"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."
--Michael Chabon
"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."
--Tea Obreht
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"It takes an exceptional combination of moral humility and moral assurance to integrate fine-grained comedy and large-scale tragedy as daringly as Nathan Englander does."
--Jonathan Franzen
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"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."
--Colum McCann
"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."
--Geraldine Brooks
""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."
--Jennifer Egan
"""Englander's wisest, funniest, bravest, and most beautiful book. It overflows with revelations and gems."
--Jonathan Safran Foer
"Nathan Englander's elegant, inquisitive, and hilarious fictions are a working definition of what the modern short story can do."
--Jonathan Lethem
"The depth of Englander's feel

"Showcases Mr. Englander's extraordinary gifts as a writer." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times
""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." --Elissa Schappell, "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." --Stacy Schiff, "The New York Times Book Review"
"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." --"The Miami Herald
"
"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 re-tell) stories within stories, and seek to understand themselves by means of narrative, in a way that seems quintessentially, satisfyingly Jewish." --"Boston Globe
"
"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
"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." --"The Plain Dealer
"
"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
"
"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
"
"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." --Geraldine Brooks
"Grade A. . . . 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
"
"Englander's latest short story collection marks him out as one of the finest American writers of his generation." --"Financial Times
"
"It takes an exceptional combination of moral humility and moral assurance to integrate fine-grained comedy and large-scale tragedy as daringly as Nathan Englander does." --Jonathan Franzen
"The stories are so tightly wrought, the sentences laid out so cleanly, the dialogue so real and the humor so self-lacerating. . . . If Mr. Englander is in fact the future of Jewish-American prose, then that future looks to be a far more moral and compassionate one than the writing of the recent past. . . . the humor and the brilliance, and the investigation of cultural identity, are all still there." --"The New York Observer
"
""What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" is Nathan Englander's wisest, funniest, bravest, and most beautiful book. It overflows with revelations and gems." --Jonathan Safran Foer

Showcases Mr. Englander s extraordinary gifts as a writer. Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times
" 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. Elissa Schappell, "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. Stacy Schiff, "The New York Times Book Review"
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. "The Miami Herald
"
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 re-tell) stories within stories, and seek to understand themselves by means of narrative, in a way that seems quintessentially, satisfyingly Jewish. "Boston Globe
"
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
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. "The Plain Dealer
"
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
"
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
"
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. Geraldine Brooks
Grade A. . . . 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
"
Englander s latest short story collection marks him out as one of the finest American writers of his generation. "Financial Times
"
It takes an exceptional combination of moral humility and moral assurance to integrate fine-grained comedy and large-scale tragedy as daringly as Nathan Englander does. Jonathan Franzen
The stories are so tightly wrought, the sentences laid out so cleanly, the dialogue so real and the humor so self-lacerating. . . . If Mr. Englander is in fact the future of Jewish-American prose, then that future looks to be a far more moral and compassionate one than the writing of the recent past. . . . the humor and the brilliance, and the investigation of cultural identity, are all still there. "The New York Observer
"
"What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" is Nathan Englander s wisest, funniest, bravest, and most beautiful book. It overflows with revelations and gems. Jonathan Safran Foer"

Showcases Mr. Englander s extraordinary gifts as a writer. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
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. Elissa Schappell, 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. Stacy Schiff, The New York Times Book Review
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. The Miami Herald

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 re-tell) stories within stories, and seek to understand themselves by means of narrative, in a way that seems quintessentially, satisfyingly Jewish. Boston Globe

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
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. The Plain Dealer

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

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

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. Geraldine Brooks
Grade A. . . . 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

Englander s latest short story collection marks him out as one of the finest American writers of his generation. Financial Times

It takes an exceptional combination of moral humility and moral assurance to integrate fine-grained comedy and large-scale tragedy as daringly as Nathan Englander does. Jonathan Franzen
The stories are so tightly wrought, the sentences laid out so cleanly, the dialogue so real and the humor so self-lacerating. . . . If Mr. Englander is in fact the future of Jewish-American prose, then that future looks to be a far more moral and compassionate one than the writing of the recent past. . . . the humor and the brilliance, and the investigation of cultural identity, are all still there. The New York Observer

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is Nathan Englander s wisest, funniest, bravest, and most beautiful book. It overflows with revelations and gems. Jonathan Safran Foer

"

"Showcases Mr. Englander's extraordinary gifts as a writer." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"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." --Elissa Schappell, 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." --Stacy Schiff, The New York Times Book Review

"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." --The Miami Herald

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Winner of the Frank O'Connor Award 2012. A dazzling short story collection by one of America's most critically acclaimed young writers.

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