Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret's new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most mature work yet, the living and the dead, silent children and talking animals, dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world. Overflowing with absurdity, humor, sadness, and compassion, the tales in Suddenly, a Knock on the Door establish Etgar Keret-declared a "genius" by The New York Times-as one of the most original writers of his generation.
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by Etgar Keret
by Lee Smith
by A.S. Byatt
by Rosamunde Pilcher
by Ambrose Bierce
by William Trevor
by Marcela Serrano
by Daniyal Muyeenuddin
by Sherman Alexie
"This is more than a collection of 35 short stories by the talented Israeli author. It's a meditation on the human condition, full of sharp observations, comic references, and devastatingly honest emotions. Some of the stories are uncomfortably truthful, while others are flights of fantasy. Narrating all of this is a stable of unique voices ranging from the authors Ira Glass, Gary Shteyngart, and Nicole Krauss to the actor Willem Dafoe, television writer and producer Josh Radnor, and others. Some of the narration can be uneven, but Keret's words redeem any shortfalls. Examples of the talented narrators include Josh Charles, who has a deep, round tone and a gentle manner that perfectly complements the author's words, and Adam Thirlwell's British accent, which supports a strong, robust reading about lying. It's an excellent audio and literary experience. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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