Twenty-one years ago, Nathan Englander made a singular fiction debut with his book of stories, the unbelievably brilliant For the Relief of Unbearable Urges. He was here then, and has made return visits for The Ministry of Special Cases, his harrowing novel of Argentina during its terrors, and his more recent book of stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. He is here tonight with what may be his best work yet, with his novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth (Knopf).
“Equal parts political thriller and tender lamentation, the latest from Englander explores, in swirling, nonlinear fashion, Israeli-Palestinian tensions and moral conflicts… Ultimately, Englander suggests that shared humanity and fleeting moments of kindness between jailer and prisoner, spy and counterspy, hold the potential for hope, even peace.” —Booklist.
“Nathan Englander’s latest is, 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.