From the rich widow blowing her husband’s fortune on slot machines because she ‘doesn’t believe in an afterlife’, to the language student telling of her arrival in America under the hood of a truck, Grunberg moves effortlessly between worlds. Be it cynical high society New York, claustrophobic family arguments back in Amsterdam, or simply small-talking with waiters in the people-watching capital of the world, Grunberg steals glimpses deep into the most guarded of lives, sharing moments of joy and absurdity at every turn.
The perfect appetiser for a major, emerging voice.
'Deadpan, offbeat, quirkily comic but steeped in loneliness'
- The Independent, 20 March .
‘The wit and sardonic intelligence that shine through Arnon Grunberg’s prose make it a continual pleasure to read.’
– J.M. Coetzee on The Jewish Messiah
‘A literary treat’
– Hans Warren, Rotterdams Dagblad