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Discover Nathan Englander on Twitter

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Our next Twitter Book Club is only 28 days away, so if you haven't already picked up a copy of Nathan Englander's What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, now is a good time to do so! To participate in the conversation, follow #JBCBooks and jump in at any time with your own questions or comments (but don't forget to include #JBCBooks on your tweet!). In the meantime, a few of Nathan's most memorable tweets of the last several weeks:

Fiction from The New Yorker: Nathan Englander

Friday, May 14, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

This coming week’s New Yorker features fiction by Nathan Englander: “Free Fruit for Young Widows”

When the Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser took control of the Suez Canal, threatening Western access to that vital route, an agitated France shifted allegiances, joining forces with Britain and Israel against Egypt. This is a fact neither here nor there, except that during the 1956 Sinai Campaign there were soldiers in the Israeli Army and soldiers in the Egyptian Army who ended up wearing identical French-supplied uniforms to battle.

Not long into the fighting, an Israeli platoon came to rest at a captured Egyptian camp to the east of Bir Gafgafa, in the Sinai Desert. There Private Shimmy Gezer (formerly Shimon Bibberblat, of Warsaw, Poland) sat down to eat at a makeshift outdoor mess. Four armed commandos sat down with him. He grunted. They grunted. Shimmy dug into his lunch.

Keep reading here.