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Human Resources: Stories (Tin House New Voice)

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ISBN13: 9780977698912
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Staff Pick

Josh Goldfaden's debut book, Human Resources is an often hilarious, perfectly crafted, spot-on collection of inventive and moving stories which include pirates, litter removal specialists, Bruce Springsteen, and an intelligent fern. They're some of the best stories I've read in years, and you'll like them, too.
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

Josh Goldfaden's debut book, Human Resources is an often hilarious, perfectly crafted, spot-on collection of inventive and moving stories which include pirates, litter removal specialists, Bruce Springsteen, and an intelligent fern. They're some of the best stories I've read in years, and you'll like them, too.
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

Josh Goldfaden's debut book, Human Resources is an often hilarious, perfectly crafted, spot-on collection of inventive and moving stories which include pirates, litter removal specialists, Bruce Springsteen, and an intelligent fern. They're some of the best stories I've read in years, and you'll like them, too.
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Humorous, energetic, and inventive, the stories in Josh Goldfaden's debut collection are laugh-out-loud funny. Goldfaden's genius is pushing the limits of absurdity without sacrificing the emotional core of his characters or their stories. A nanny works for a traveling writers colony (his charge is named Camus). A pirate saves up for his own restaurant. A litter specialist tackles the overstuffed homes — and psyches — of the rich. As zany as they come, Goldfaden's characters seek purpose and community and, every now and again, they find it.

Review:

"The seven far-out stories in Goldfaden's impressive debut explore the absurd without giving in to it. The first story, 'The Veronese Circle,' encapsulates a four-week group tour from Verona to Istanbul (and back) by six young writers who paid thousands of dollars to be guided by a Romeo and Juliet-quoting professor and his wife. 'Documentary' imagines how a young filmmaker, Samantha, will mature emotionally (and what may come of her relationship with her rising star painter boyfriend) while filming hours and hours of women giving birth. 'Looking at Animals' delves into the inner life of another kind of documentary photographer: after 30 years of photographing wild animals around the globe for National Geographic, Raymond retires and begins an acute interest in the goings-on of his neighbors. Admirably, Goldfaden roams widely and erratically, from surfers living on an exclusive beachfront ('Maryville, California, Pop. 7') to a bizarre set of contemporary pirates who give up robbing yachts to join a pirate-busting agency ('Nautical Intervention'). Goldfaden is an undeniable talent." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Swift, surprising, funny, and in the end unexpectedly moving. Like the work of George Saunders, these stories seem to take place in a world right next door to our own, a world that's brighter, stranger, bolder than ours. I was sorry to see this book end." Kevin Canty, author of Winslow in Love and Into the Great Wide Open

Review:

"Like his ardent, tilted characters, Josh Goldfaden explores the disconnect between empirical evidence and our true understanding. Why doesn't studying something teach us anything? His cast of characters includes pirates and writers and many folks in between and their labyrinthine investigations are chronicled with a sharp satirist's eye. Here is a talented writer at the bright edge of his career." Ron Carlson, author of A Kind of Flying and Five Skies

Review:

"Sexy and syncopated, the stories in Human Resources hearken the twin pleasures of jazz: a sense of surprise and the weight of inevitability. In turns ironic, improvisational and knowing, Josh Goldfaden's stories are laced with play and passion, racing across the page with melodic humor and a soulful harmony. He's the Thelonious Monk of fiction." Adam Johnson, author of Emporium and Parasites Like Us

Synopsis:

In his second short story collection, award-winning writer Josh Goldfaden limns a magical, witty, and touching world of characters whose hidden compulsions and idiosyncrasies reveal their ultimate humanity.

About the Author

Josh Goldfaden has taught in New York University's Expository Writing Program. His work has appeared in Mid-American Review, the Sewanee Review, ZYZZYVA, and other journals. Currently at work on a novel, he runs the website-design and management company WebAha! He lives in Oceanside, CA.

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Karl, December 29, 2007 (view all comments by Karl)
Human Resources is an enchanting, humorous, witty, sophisticated and sexy collection of short stories that will have you laughing with every page turn. I found myself wrapped up in each story as though I was living it through the characters Josh Goldfaden painted on his pages with his unique and intriguing writing style. You'll find yourself anxious to turn the page and see what happens next, at least I did. I found the book to be a fun read leaving me unable to focus on anything else when reading it and thinking about it long after I put it down. While you might find it an easy read, you'll find it a fun one. I loved it.

Karl - Mannheim Germany
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780977698912
Author:
Goldfaden, Josh
Publisher:
Tin House Books
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Tin House New Voice
Publication Date:
March 28, 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
225
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in 9 oz

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Product details 225 pages Tin House Books - English 9780977698912 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Josh Goldfaden's debut book, Human Resources is an often hilarious, perfectly crafted, spot-on collection of inventive and moving stories which include pirates, litter removal specialists, Bruce Springsteen, and an intelligent fern. They're some of the best stories I've read in years, and you'll like them, too.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Josh Goldfaden's debut book, Human Resources is an often hilarious, perfectly crafted, spot-on collection of inventive and moving stories which include pirates, litter removal specialists, Bruce Springsteen, and an intelligent fern. They're some of the best stories I've read in years, and you'll like them, too.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Josh Goldfaden's debut book, Human Resources is an often hilarious, perfectly crafted, spot-on collection of inventive and moving stories which include pirates, litter removal specialists, Bruce Springsteen, and an intelligent fern. They're some of the best stories I've read in years, and you'll like them, too.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The seven far-out stories in Goldfaden's impressive debut explore the absurd without giving in to it. The first story, 'The Veronese Circle,' encapsulates a four-week group tour from Verona to Istanbul (and back) by six young writers who paid thousands of dollars to be guided by a Romeo and Juliet-quoting professor and his wife. 'Documentary' imagines how a young filmmaker, Samantha, will mature emotionally (and what may come of her relationship with her rising star painter boyfriend) while filming hours and hours of women giving birth. 'Looking at Animals' delves into the inner life of another kind of documentary photographer: after 30 years of photographing wild animals around the globe for National Geographic, Raymond retires and begins an acute interest in the goings-on of his neighbors. Admirably, Goldfaden roams widely and erratically, from surfers living on an exclusive beachfront ('Maryville, California, Pop. 7') to a bizarre set of contemporary pirates who give up robbing yachts to join a pirate-busting agency ('Nautical Intervention'). Goldfaden is an undeniable talent." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Swift, surprising, funny, and in the end unexpectedly moving. Like the work of George Saunders, these stories seem to take place in a world right next door to our own, a world that's brighter, stranger, bolder than ours. I was sorry to see this book end."
"Review" by , "Like his ardent, tilted characters, Josh Goldfaden explores the disconnect between empirical evidence and our true understanding. Why doesn't studying something teach us anything? His cast of characters includes pirates and writers and many folks in between and their labyrinthine investigations are chronicled with a sharp satirist's eye. Here is a talented writer at the bright edge of his career."
"Review" by , "Sexy and syncopated, the stories in Human Resources hearken the twin pleasures of jazz: a sense of surprise and the weight of inevitability. In turns ironic, improvisational and knowing, Josh Goldfaden's stories are laced with play and passion, racing across the page with melodic humor and a soulful harmony. He's the Thelonious Monk of fiction."
"Synopsis" by , In his second short story collection, award-winning writer Josh Goldfaden limns a magical, witty, and touching world of characters whose hidden compulsions and idiosyncrasies reveal their ultimate humanity.
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