AUTHOR: Englander is the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. His last book, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has also published a translation of New American Haggadah, edited by Jonathan Safran Foer.
PRAISE: As is always the case with Englander’s books, the novel has received great reviews. The New York Times Book Review calls Dinner at the Center of the Earth a “bold, compassionate, genre-hopping novel,” NPR raves that it’s a “beautiful masterpiece,” and the Los Angeles Times has named it a best book of the year.
VINTAGE BACKLIST: His complete backlist—the short story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases—are available in paperback and eBook from Vintage. Across all formats, Englander’s books have sold over 350k copies.
FIRST NOVEL IN A DECADE: Dinner at the Center of the Earth is Englander’s eagerly anticipated first novel since 2007’s San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, The Ministry of Special Cases.
BOOK CLUBS: Englander’s books have all made for good picks, and this new novel is no different. A provocative and highly relevant look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is sure to generate discussion. The author is a member of the PRH Speakers Bureau.
“As usual, superb: a work of psychological precision and moral force, with an immediacy that captures both timeless human truth as well as the perplexities of the present day.”—Colson Whitehead
“Englander’s many-splendored new novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth, is a guilty pleasure—guilty because you wonder throughout if a book highlighting the endless cycles of trespass and vengeance that define the modern state of Israel should be quite so much fun.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Moving…. What stands out is Mr. Englander’s insistence on finding romance amid the violence and deception…. The ageless struggle between Jews and Arabs comes to resemble a desperate lover’s embrace.”—The Wall Street Journal
“[A] brutal, beautiful masterpiece…. Englander’s brilliance is in showing that sides, like the two states, are constantly shifting.”—NPR
“Englander is as wise and funny and original and moving as ever.”—Financial Times
“Exhilarating…. A kaleidoscopic fairy tale of Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation.”—Los Angeles Times
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