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The Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman

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Bruce Jay Friedman has been hailed by critics as a comic genius, a writer whose vision confronts the malaise of contemporary life with a liberating deadpan humor. Grove Press is proud to reissue the collected short stories by this acclaimed master of modern humor. Hailed by Newsweek as "a bona fide literary event," The Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman brings t ...more
ebook, 496 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Grove Press (first published October 1st 1995)
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Steve Day
These collections are among my favorite. They bring to life characters that are memorable. My favorite short story is 'The Interview.' In it we get in the head of Mr. Dworkin who is interviewing a young woman for a position at his publishing company. But Dworkin reads a whole sordid past into Rachelle's seemingly normal straghtforward answers to his questions. And that simplicity is ultimately the genius of 'The Interview'. I'd love to make it into a short film; it is humorous and erotic at the ...more
Adam
Jan 08, 2014 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are many stories in this collection, but most seem to share themes of parents (especially overly familiar mothers), writing, or dark twists of surrealism. Individually, most are worthwhile but reading them in this collection felt like a chore at times.
Martin Olson
Dec 03, 2012 Martin Olson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best stories by my favorite contemporary comedy writer.

Some of my favorites are missing from this collection, but not too many.
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American comic author whose dark, mocking humour and social criticism was directed at the concerns and behaviour of American Jews.

After graduating from the University of Missouri in 1951 with a B.A. in journalism and serving in the U.S. Air Force for two years, Friedman worked in publishing for several years before achieving success with his first novel, Stern (1962). The title character is a luc
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