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Shalom Auslander's stories in Beware of God have the mysterious punch of a dream. They are wide ranging and inventive: A young Jewish man's inexplicable transformation into a very large, blond, tattooed goy ends with an argument over whether or not his father can beat his unclean son with a copy of the Talmud. A pious man having a near-death experience discovers that God is actually a chicken, and he's forced to reconsider his life — and his diet. At God's insistence, Leo Schwartzman searches Home Depot for supplies for an ark. And a young boy mistakes Holocaust Remembrance Day as emergency preparedness training for the future.

Auslander draws upon his upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community in New York State to craft stories that are filled with shame, sex, God, and death, but also manage to be wickedly funny and poignant.

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"[A] fresh voice, and wonderfully fearless." Kirkus Reviews

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"It's a noble tradition that includes such luminaries as Groucho Marx, Fran Lebowitz and Jon Stewart, outsiders who mock society with a surgical scalpel of wit to reveal the ridiculous in sharp relief. To that illustrious group some may consider adding writer Shalom Auslander." Los Angeles Times

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"Auslander avoids cheap laughs, his point in these stories being that all of us, deeply observant of our faith or not, take the doctrine and ritualistic trappings of organized religion far too seriously." Booklist

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"Hilarious, curious, possibly scandalous, keenly observed and bleeding fresh." Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors

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An inventive, surreal, and absurd collection — and much anticipated literary debut of a fresh young humor writer.

Synopsis:

Shalom Auslander's stories in Beware of God have the mysterious punch of a dream. They are wide ranging and inventive: A young Jewish man's inexplicable transformation into a very large, blond, tattooed goy ends with an argument over whether or not his father can beat his unclean son with a copy of the Talmud. A pious man having a near-death experience discovers that God is actually a chicken, and he's forced to reconsider his life — and his diet. At God's insistence, Leo Schwartzman searches Home Depot for supplies for an ark. And a young boy mistakes Holocaust Remembrance Day as emergency preparedness training for the future.

Auslander draws upon his upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community in New York State to craft stories that are filled with shame, sex, God, and death, but also manage to be wickedly funny and poignant.

About the Author

Shalom Auslander was raised as an Orthodox Jew in Spring Valley, New York. Nominated for the Koret Award for writers under thirty-five, he has published articles in Esquire and has had stories aired on NPR's "This American Life." He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Contents

The War of the Bernsteins

Bobo the Self-Hating Chimp

Somebody Up There Likes You

Heimish Knows All

Holocaust Tips for Kids

Waiting for Joe

Startling Revelations from the Lost Book

of Stan

One Death to Go

The Metamorphosis

Prophet's Dilemma

They're All the Same

Smite the Heathens, Charlie Brown

God Is a Big Happy Chicken

It Ain't Easy Bein' Supremey

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Peter Anderson, December 9, 2006 (view all comments by Peter Anderson)
Extremely funny, deeply thoughtful and borderline blasphemous stories about God, believers and the nature of faith.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743264570
Author:
Auslander, Shalom
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Subject:
Christian - General
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
March 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 5.25 oz

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Product details 208 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743264570 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] fresh voice, and wonderfully fearless."
"Review" by , "It's a noble tradition that includes such luminaries as Groucho Marx, Fran Lebowitz and Jon Stewart, outsiders who mock society with a surgical scalpel of wit to reveal the ridiculous in sharp relief. To that illustrious group some may consider adding writer Shalom Auslander."
"Review" by , "Auslander avoids cheap laughs, his point in these stories being that all of us, deeply observant of our faith or not, take the doctrine and ritualistic trappings of organized religion far too seriously."
"Review" by , "Hilarious, curious, possibly scandalous, keenly observed and bleeding fresh."
"Synopsis" by , An inventive, surreal, and absurd collection — and much anticipated literary debut of a fresh young humor writer.
"Synopsis" by , Shalom Auslander's stories in Beware of God have the mysterious punch of a dream. They are wide ranging and inventive: A young Jewish man's inexplicable transformation into a very large, blond, tattooed goy ends with an argument over whether or not his father can beat his unclean son with a copy of the Talmud. A pious man having a near-death experience discovers that God is actually a chicken, and he's forced to reconsider his life — and his diet. At God's insistence, Leo Schwartzman searches Home Depot for supplies for an ark. And a young boy mistakes Holocaust Remembrance Day as emergency preparedness training for the future.

Auslander draws upon his upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community in New York State to craft stories that are filled with shame, sex, God, and death, but also manage to be wickedly funny and poignant.

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