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Ask for a Convertible by Danit Brown
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Jul 14, 2009 | ISBN 9780307277589

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“A dizzyingly delicious read, with the road ahead promising a life of possibility and change. . . . Everyone should read this book.” —Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief

“Deadpan doesn’t come much better than this. Brown’s outsider-looking-in observations kill, while her characters’ emotional rootlessness infuses even dryly delivered punch lines with poignancy.” —The Washington Post

“Absorbing. . . . These sensitive (and often hilarious) stories ask what it means to be loyal to a place, and to a people, and what it says about you if you choose to defect. . . . Brown is wonderfully attuned to what’s special and strange about this particular pool of immigrants.” —The L Magazine

“Brown knows how to dramatize the human heart in conflict with itself. . . She is, simply put, a terrific writer.” —Hadassah Magazine

“Familiar, funny, aggravating, and impossibly tender all at once.” —The Ann Arbor News

“A good read. Its characters are vivid and unforgettable. It’s a search for identity and a search for home. It’s about what we’re willing to sacrifice for those we love. . . . It’s a story we all can relate to, Jewish or not.” —Palm Beach Post

“An unusual and striking book. . . . There is never a dearth of humor in this lively collection of fascinating stories.” —Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

“Thoughtful, provocative, funny and self-assured, Danit Brown is a welcome new voice on the Jewish literary scene.”

Chicago Jewish Star

“It is to be hoped that we will hear more from this promising author who has the potential to bring slightly off-beat characters to life and who understands something about family dynamics and (at least one small slice of) the American Jewish experience.” —Jewish Book World

“At once openhearted and close-minded, Brown’s characters often offend one another when they collide, and their stories capture the awkwardness of both coming to America and coming-of-age.” —Publishers Weekly

“Keen on the Jewish scene in Israel and America, Brown is a writer to savor. . . . [She] deftly portrays characters and situations that involve struggling with borders: coming of age, romantic entanglements, family feuds and frustrations, religion, secularism, and defining home.” —Library Journal

“An uncomfortably funny but never boring debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Both funny and poignant, these stories communicate a subtle wisdom about what is important in life.” —School Library Journal

Ask for a Convertible has the hilarious wit of Lorrie Moore, the poignant weight of assimilation as seen in Gish Jen, and will undoubtedly – and in all of the best ways – recall the early work of Philip Roth. However Danit Brown pushes into new terrain and claims this hybrid land as her own. These intimate stories pack a powerful punch while introducing an important new voice in the ongoing literary discussion about what makes us who we are. A brilliant debut!” —Julianna Baggott, author of Which Brings Me to You (co-written with Steve Almond) and Girl Talk

“Danit Brown’s stories are whole worlds, so alive with detail that reading them is a visceral, sensory experience. When you dive into this book you just don’t want to stop reading to come up for air.” —Thisbe Nissen, author of The Good People of New York and Osprey Island

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