Nathan Englander, author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Event date: 
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 6:00pm

A Room of One's Own is proud to host Nathan Englander, one of the most talented writers in the Madison area for a reading from his short story collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, out in paperback March 2013.

Nathan Englander is the author of the short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, as well as the internationally bestselling story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases (all published by Knopf/Vintage). His short fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Washington Post,
as well as The O. Henry Prize Stories and numerous editions of The Best
American Short Stories. Translated into more than a dozen languages,
Englander was selected as one of “20 Writers for the 21st Century” by
The New Yorker, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award,
the Bard Fiction Prize, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American
Academy of Arts & Letters. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and Madison, Wisconsin.

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


Author photo credit: Juliana Sohn

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
53703-2218 Madison
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ISBN: 9780307949608
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Published: Vintage Books - March 5th, 2013