"A virtuoso humorist, and a brave one: beware Shalom Auslander; he will make you laugh until your heart breaks.” – New York Times Book Review
“A caustic comic tour de force.” – NPR
“Poisonously funny…. Like an unintentional bark of laughter at a funeral.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Staggeringly nervy… Other fiction writers have gotten this fresh with Anne Frank. But they don’t get much funnier… [Auslander] is an absurdist with a deep sense of gravitas… It’s a tall order for Mr. Auslander to raise an essentially comic novel to this level of moral contemplation. Yet Hope: A Tragedy succeeds shockingly well.” – New York Times
“Shalom Auslander writes like some contemporary comedic Jeremiah, thundering warnings of disaster and retribution. What makes him so terrifyingly funny is that he isn’t joking.” — Howard Jacobson, author of The Finkler Question and winner of the Man Booker Prize
“A wonderful, twisted, transgressive, heartbreaking, true, and hugely funny book. It will make very many people very angry. It will also make very many people very happy.” — A. L. Kennedy, author of Day
“Can the darkest events of the twentieth century and of all human history be used to show the folly of hope? And can the result be so funny that you burst out laughing again and again? If you doubt this is possible, read Hope: A Tragedy. You won’t regret it.” — John Gray, author of Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals
Shalom Auslander was raised in Monsey, New York. Nominated for the Koret Award for writers under thirty-five, he has published articles in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Tablet, The New Yorker, and has had stories aired on NPR's This American Life. Auslander is the author of the short story collection Beware of God and the memoir Foreskin's Lament. He lives in New York City. To learn more about Shalom Auslander, please visit www.shalomauslander.com.
Great story line and highly creative idea. Too drawn out and lengthy at least for the middle third of the novel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rene
Sarcasm, guilt, and a shrewy Anne Frank....what's not to like? I read this over a year ago and still think of it!Published 7 months ago by E. Sanford
I guess I just don't get it but I hated this book. It seemed a great concept - how amazing it would be to find Anne Frank in your attic. Read morePublished 11 months ago by pk
Goldstein is standing on the street corner.
A man he doesn’t know comes up to him.
“You Goldstein?” the man asks.
Goldstein looks at the man he doesn’t know. Read more
Strong fresh voice. Wild and provocative. A little meandering keeps it from a five star readPublished 12 months ago by Robert Sherman