SUNDAY TIMES OF LONDON BEST FICTION BOOKS OF 2021
This is a work of genius - The Scotsman
The novel I am most looking forward to this year - The Spectator
You're unlikely to read anything funnier this year - The Big Issue
Such exuberant, devil-may-care artistic freedom is hard to achieve in the age of the perpetually offended - The Times of London
A new novel of identity, tribalism... and mothers.
Auslander turns his taboo-shattering satiric gaze to cannibalism in this outrageous, salty take on contemporary culture... a riotous dissection of cultural formation and a community’s hunger for meaning.
- Publisher's Weekly
Auslander uses his signature dark humor to brilliantly satirize tribalism in America… This could be a portrait of any ethnic group that has been consumed by America, though, in this case, it’s unclear who is devouring whom.
All this mugging and clowning and ferocity... is to a purpose: the intolerable weight of history, of its deadening solemnity, and the individual’s rage to throw it off. Auslander’s resolution is of such life-affirming sweetness that –never mind that the word “asshole” appears eight times in a single short paragraph – you could almost call it sentimental.
- The Guardian
Mother for Dinner . . . turns a jaundiced eye toward ethnic identity and the burdens of tradition as they concern a different oppressed minority group... the jokes are dependably good.
- The Wall Street Journal
A grotesque family comedy... written in fast-moving, deadpan prose.
- New Statesman, NS Recommends
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, winner of the Man Booker Prize
Blends tragedy, comedy and satire in the mold of Samuel Beckett and Franz Kafka.
– Wall Street Journal
A virtuoso humorist, and a brave one.
– NY Times Book Review
My pick for the funniest novel of the past decade.
– Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
A New York Times
Best Book of the Year
A scathing theological rant, a funny, oddly moving coming-of-age memoir, and an irreverent meditation on family, marriage, and cultural identity... I loved it.
- Tom Perrotta
Even at his most rebellious, Portnoy-era Roth couldn't hold a candle to Shalom Auslander... Beneath the extremely funny shtick is one ferociously angry book.
- Entertainment Weekly
Funny, fierce and subversively heartfelt.... with his middle finger pointed at the heavens and a hand held over his heart, Auslander gives us Foreskin's Lament.
- NY Times Book Review
The debut of the freshest voice in Jewish Literature since Phillip Roth arrived on the scene... youthful, energetic, wholly original.
- AM Homes
...a poet laureate may be in the making...
- LA Times Sunday Book Review
An extraordinary collection, which has an energy, a precision and a deep black humour I haven't seen in a long time... It's like drinking 14 shots of vodka.
- The Guardian
HAPPYISH on Showtime
It bites with every appearance... it’s a show that challenges its viewer every step of the way... it’s a comedy that rejects the attached expectations while still meeting all the requirements... Whether audiences are ready for that is the real question.
- Ben Travers, Indiewire
SHOWTIME'S 'HAPPYISH' CANCELLED.
- Hollywood Reporter