What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is a compilation of stories chronicling what it means to be Jewish from both the Orthodox and secular vantage points. The stories cover a wide range of experiences - from Israeli settlers to Holocaust victims to modern day secularists in southern Florida. Nathan Englander knows what he's talking about too. He grew up as a 4th generation modern Orthodox Jewish American on Long Island. His mother was stereotypically overprotective, he attended a religious day school, and he experienced anti-Semitism first-hand. His life experiences, including living in Israel as a young man, color his take on what it means to be Jewish.
Nathan Englander is an amazing storyteller and a master at the short story. Despite their brevity, you'll end each story feeling deeply connected with the characters and invested in their lives. These stories will entertain you, enrage you, and on occasion, take your breath away.
Interested in more? Check out the Fresh Air interview.