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Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander.. Funny, dark and iconoclastic (with its aging St. Anne Frank in the attic), this one is a laugh-out-loud-existential rampage. Upstate NY never looked so haunted.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Shalom Auslander is my kind of Jew — an unapologetically paranoid, guilt-ridden, self-loathing Diaspora kvetch, enraged by a God he can’t live with or without. While others of his generation may mine the tradition for a fond retrieval of forgotten lore, Auslander throws stones at the fiddler on the roof. He’s a black comic who’s alloyed the manic existential shtick of Lenny Bruce with the gallows humor that’s been a staple of the repertoire since the Babylonian Exile."

The New York Times

"There's a fundamental and perhaps fundamentally irresolvable tension at the heart of Shalom Auslander's first novel, "Hope: A Tragedy" — the tension between text and context, or between the artist and the art."

The Los Angeles Times

Author bio: Shalom Auslander was raised in Monsey, New York. Nominated for the Koret Award for writers under thirty-five, he has published articles in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Tablet, The New Yorker, and has had stories aired on NPR's This American Life. Auslander is the author of the short story collection Beware of God and the memoir Foreskin's Lament. He lives in New York City. To learn more about Shalom Auslander, please visit More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (292 pp. Farm-o-caustic: Kindle/Print editions)

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