The Book of Mischief: New and Selected StoriesHardback
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- Publisher: Graywolf Press
- Format: Hardback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 33mm | 703g
- Publication date: 4 September 2012
- ISBN 10: 1555976212
- ISBN 13: 9781555976217
- Sales rank: 979,151
"In the 25 years since [Stern] published his first book, younger Jewish writers have run with a similar shtick . . . But Stern was there first." "--The Toronto Globe and Mail" "T""he Book of Mischief" triumphantly showcases twenty-five years of outstanding work by one of our true masters of the short story. Steve Stern's stories take us from the unlikely old Jewish quarter of the Pinch in Memphis to a turn-of-thecentury immigrant community in New York; from the market towns of Eastern Europe to a down-at-the-heels Catskills resort. Along the way we meet a motley assortment of characters: Mendy Dreyfus, whose bungee jump goes uncannily awry; Elijah the prophet turned voyeur; and the misfit Zelik Rifkin, who discovers the tree of dreams. Perhaps it's no surprise that Kafka's cockroach also makes an appearance in these pages, animated as they are by instances of bewildering transformation. The earthbound take flight, the meek turn incendiary, the powerless find unwonted fame. Weaving his particular brand of mischief from the wondrous and the macabre, Stern transforms us all through the power of his brilliant imagination.
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Steve Stern, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, is the author of several previous novels and story collections, including "The Frozen Rabbi "and "The Wedding Jester." He teaches at Skidmore College in upstate New York.
Praise for "The Frozen Rabbi""Packed to bursting with epic adventure and hysterical comedy, with grim poignancy and pointed satire . . . Stern embraces every outrageous possibility, in lush, cartwheeling sentences that layer deep mystery atop page-turning action atop Borscht Belt humor." --"The Washington Post Book World"