Nathan Englander is the author of the novels Dinner at the Center of the Earth and The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank—winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologized, most recently in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Englander's play, The Twenty-Seventh Man, premiered at The Public Theater in 2012. He translated the New American Haggadah and co-translated Etgar Keret's Suddenly a Knock on the Door. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter. His newest novel, will be available March 2019. » Full Bio


"Englander is mischievously hilarious, nightmarish, suspenseful, inquisitive, and deliriously tender in this concentrated tale of tradition and improvisation, faith and love.”

– Booklist

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Dinner at the Center of the Earth

”Superb: a work of psychological precision and moral force.”
– Colson Whitehead

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

"Certifiable masterpieces of contemporary short-story art."
– Michael Chabon

The Ministry of Special Cases

"A mesmerizing rumination on loss and memory, spun out with a fabulism that recalls Isaac Bashevis Singer… Masterly."
– Los Angeles Times

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

"Taut, edgy, sharply observed….A revelation of the human condition."
– The New York Times Book Review