Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W by Gabriel Brownstein
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Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W
By Gabriel Brownstein

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W

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Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W by Gabriel Brownstein

Book Awards

  • Winner of PEN/Hemingway Award 2003.

Book Description

This brilliantly inventive first collection captures the disparate lives of the residents of Manhattan's West 89th Street. Five stories are set in one apartment building, where young Davie Birnbaum watches his neighbors' lives unfold. The title story reworks F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," whose hero is born as an old man and ages in reverse; Brownstein's Button lives on the third floor, fading away toward infancy. In apartment 7E, a lawyer named Zauberman reenacts the life of Hawthorne's Wakefield: he abandons his family so that he can spy on them. Meanwhile, the proctologist in the penthouse plays Icarus and Daedalus with his misfit son. These are tales of literary voyeurism, as the narrators look in on other people's everyday victories and misfortunes-marriages, car accidents, love affairs, and adoptions-and make sense of what they see by thinking about the stories they know best. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award; Finalist for the Book-of-the-Month Club First Fiction Award; Chosen as a 2002 Book to Remember by the New York Public Library.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393324785
ISBN-10: 0393324788
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gabriel Brownstein

Gabriel Brownstein won the PEN/ Hemingway Award for his collection The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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