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

February 4, 2015|
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories by Nathan Englander
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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.
Title:What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: StoriesFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:224 pages, 9.56 X 5.92 X 0.94 inShipping dimensions:224 pages, 9.56 X 5.92 X 0.94 inPublished:February 4, 2015Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307958701

ISBN - 13:9780307958709

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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