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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Ministry of Special Cases (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dinner at the Center of the Earth (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kaddish.com (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Plays

The Twenty-Seventh Man (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Gilgul of Park Avenue (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peep Show (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Best American Short Stories Books

The Best Short Stories of 1915 (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1916 (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1917 (1917)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1918 (1918)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1919 (1919)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1921 (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1922 (1922)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1923 (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1924 (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1925 (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1926 (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1927 (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1928 (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1929 (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1930 (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1931 (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1932 (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1933 (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1934 (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1935 (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1936 (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1937 (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1938 (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
50 Best American Short Stories, 1915-1939 (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1939 (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1940 (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1941 (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1942 (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1943 (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1944 (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1945 (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1946 (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1947 (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1948 (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1949 (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1950 (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1951 (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1952 (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1953 (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1955 (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1956 (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1957 (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1958 (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1959 (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1960 (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1961 (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1962 (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1963 (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1964 (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1965 (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1966 (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1967 (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1968 (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of 1969 (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1970 (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1971 (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1972 (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1973 (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1974 (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Best American Short Stories 1915-1950 (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1975 (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1976 (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1977 (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1978 (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1979 (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1980 (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1981 (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1982 (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1983 (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1984 (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1985 (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1988 (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1989 (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1991 (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1992 (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1993 (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1994 (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1996 (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1997 (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1998 (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2001 (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2002 (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2003 (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2004 (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2005 (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2007 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1921, and the Yearbook of the American Short Story (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories1921 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2008 (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2012 (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2015 (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2016 (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2017 (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2018 (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
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Nathan Englander is one of the United States best-known contemporary fiction writers who has made a name for himself writing about Orthodox Jewish themes. His work has appeared in some of the most venerated publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and several anthologies such as The Best American Short Stories, and The Pushcart Prize. “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges”, which was his debut collection of short stories, was a winner of the Sue Kauffman Prize for First Fiction and the Faulkner/PEN Malamud Award by the American Award of Arts and Letters. “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” that came out in 2012 made the shortlist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. What makes Englander’s works so unique is that most of it is drawn from his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. Since he first started publishing his novels, he has been named one of the top twenty writers of the century by The New Yorker, won a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Bard Fiction Prize. He was also a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Apart from his short stories, he has also written novels such as “The Ministry of Special Cases” and “Dinner at the Center of the Earth” focused on the Orthodox Jewish experience of the Holocaust and the modern Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Nathan Englander is a fifth generation American with Jewish heritage who has lived his whole life under Jewish Orthodoxy. Born in West Hempstead, New York, he lived in an Orthodox Jewish community and would spend up to twelve hours every day with rabbis. For his high school studies, he went to the Hebrew Academy of Nassau for his high school studies, before he attended State University of New York. His only training in the arts was when he attended the University of Iowa “Iowa Writers’ Workshop”. He would immigrate to Israel for further collegiate studies in the mid-nineties, where he lived for half a decade. He first got interested in documenting Jewish history when he first heard of the 1952 purge of Jewish writers by Stalin. Determined to capture their story, he would write his first title “The Twenty Seventh Man” that would be one of the anchor stories of his collection of short stories “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges’. He would soon follow that with the Pulitzer winning collection “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” that came out in 2013. After several tweaks and editing, he collaborated with Nora Ephron to produce The Twenty Seventh Man into a play at the “Old Globe Theater” in San Diego. Englander has taught the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at CUNY Hunter College and New York University’s MFA program. He currently lives in either of his two homes in Madison, Wisconsin or in Brooklyn, New York.

Nathan Englander first came into prominence with the publication of “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges” in 1999. The collection of short stories are little a guilty and furtive, a little bit dirty, and surprisingly relatable account of the inner lives of Orthodox Jews. Englander Chronicles his characters including a woman who is looking to murder her husband that would not grant her a divorce, and a husband that is seeking rabbinical permission to quench his desires with a prostitute. Englander writes with an eye attuned to the bizarreness of situations that is at the same time sympathetically amused but with a light touch. What makes the narratives so relatable is that his characters have simple human responses to their predicaments even when they are closely connected with their deep orthodox perspectives. The narratives are a convincing combination of realism and parable, yet Englander does his best not to make his characters ridiculous. Englander’s second collection “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” is a more intelligent collection with influence from the likes of Raymond Carver. Nonetheless, the author goes beyond Carver economy and casts a soft yet tight net around the troubles of Orthodox Jews. Similar to his previous titles he talks of the dawning realizations of orthodox Jews that they might not be as righteous as they believe they are. The series of narratives flirt with the elegant and mordant, and a little bit of the misplaced whimsical to make for highly entertaining stories.

“For the Relief of Unbearable Urges” is Nathan Englander’s first collection of novels through which he made his name as one of the foremost contemporary historical authors. The narratives are haunting and powerfully inventive narratives steeped in Orthodox life and custom and Jewish history. However, the narratives find their best expression in the openness of spirit. It is the openness of spirit, which Nathan uses to portray the concept that through doubt one can find a way to faith. In despair, the narratives see a chance for increasing wisdom and a chance at deepening understanding. Nathan Englander paints a picture of a group of Polish Jews heading for a concentration camp in Auschwitz and in a deft pull has them turn into acrobats sidestepping the caprices of the Nazi regime. He transforms his characters into beautiful souls and time and again makes them attain what would at first seem impossible. The overriding message is that there is always hope as just beyond the horizon there is a province where death cannot reach.

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” is a moving collection of short stories that makes for some of the best contemporary historical narratives you could ever read. The collection includes an erotic romp that suddenly becomes bizarre, an autobiography that turns into a postmodern writing experiment, a gripping historical saga, and Kafkaesque parable. Some of Raymond Carver’s classic themes inspire the titular narrative, even as it is an analysis of Jewish identity, trust, and love in Orthodox Jewry. Most of the stories answer critical questions on the role of religion in a Jews life, the meaning of Jewishness, and how to place trust in others and oneself, while facing up to atavistic fears and temptations in a modern world. The narratives are highly entertaining and informative, having the craftsmanship and cleverness we have come to expect from the master of contemporary historical fiction. However, it is important to note that Englander writes of the human condition even if most of his characters are Orthodox Jews.

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