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"Meet David Kalish, whose exuberant, hilarious first novel uncovers the light side of divorce, cancer, and computer dating. Sharp-tongued yet warm-hearted, Mr. Kalish shows us that the opposite of everything we know is exactly what we've needed to learn." --Askold Melnyczuk, The House of Widows, Ambassador of the Dead; founding editor, Agni Magazine
"The Opposite of Everything is an evocative tale of pre-hipster Brooklyn in which Mr. Kalish injects his pitch-perfect humor into some of the most challenging quandaries a career-focused New Yorker can face. His oddball characters mix in a clash of cultures between native New Yorkers and the immigrants who infuse the city, and the book s central character, with new life." --Gerry Mullany, deputy editor, The New York Times
"Kalish knows these people intimately, and he tells their tale with heart, grace, and a journalist's clear eye." --Will Hermes, Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever
David Kalish earned his MFA at Bennington College. His short fiction has been published in Temenos, Knock, Spectrum, and Poydras Review, his non-fiction in the Writer's Chronicle, and a short film of his, Regular Guy, won honors in film festivals here and abroad. Before Bennington, he was an editor and reporter at The Associated Press, and his articles have appeared in major newspapers. He is currently working on a second novel and on a theatre script for a Latin version of A Christmas Carol. He lives in upstate New York with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and two canaries.
A quick read; wasn't one of my favorites. Well-written, but just not my style, I guess.Published 2 months ago by Clarity
I had high hopes for a good read, but couldn't get through the first chapter. I know that it is difficult to deal with any serious medical issues, as my brother has stage 4... Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Nahrwold
THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYTHING is an amusing book. It features a bumbling, self-centered, elderly Lothario who listens to seventies disco music; a thirty-something business journalist... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ethan Cooper
Shortly after I finished this book, I heard journalist Bob Schieffer of CBS news talk about his retirement, and he said: "I got my money's worth out of this ticket to planet... Read morePublished 3 months ago by martha frances
The Opposite of Everything was a quick, funny and engaging read. The author successfully uses humor as a vehicle for his story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelli Provost
I kept looking for something of substance and found women portrayed as needy and selfish, unable to accept life's events. Read morePublished 4 months ago by The realist
Even though this story seemed as though it was just "rattling on", it does get more interesting as it continues. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Avid reader
The entire story is written in the third person, the characters are predictable and somewhat one dimensional. Not my favorite book...Published 4 months ago by John S Roth