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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander.. The Carver title rip-off is certainly all too intentional, but stay for the talent the theft would seem to undercut with its also vicious commodification of Anne Frank. Eight solid hits trump any flaws.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Like his acclaimed 1999 debut collection, “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges,” this volume showcases Mr. Englander’s extraordinary gifts as a writer — and his liabilities. The story “Everything I Know About My Family on My Mother’s Side” demonstrates his new mastery of contemporary realism, recounting, in sharp, staccato takes, the efforts of a writer (named Nathan, no less) to piece together the secret stories of his own family’s past."

The New York Times

"Englander’s new collection of stories tells the tangled truth of life in prose that, as ever, surprises the reader with its gnarled beauty."

Michael Chabon

Author bio: Nathan Englander’s short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and numerous anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Englander is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, which earned him a PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. More information can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/What-Talk-About-When-Frank/dp/0307958701/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329193372&sr=8-1

Book Details: General Fiction; (207 pp. Singerish: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

Publisher Website: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/217135/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-anne-frank-by-nathan-englander/9780307958709/

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