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Gallery of the Disappeard Men

A collection of stories by

From the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Ascent of Eli Israel, and the warm, funny and heart-wrenching novel I Am My Beloveds, here are 14 searing, deeply-immersive stories that will forever change the way you look at the human experience.

Profound and magical, dark and disturbing, Papernick's stories are always challenging and brave. Whether he is writing stiletto-sharp flash fiction or a novella-length historical drama, Papernick's characters are rendered with the greatest empathy, presenting beauty and understanding amid stark brutality.

From the opening story “Displaced Person,” to the sexy and shocking “The Cinq à Sept Girl,” Papernick returns to the themes of love and longing and desire. “Adam Number Three,” provides a golem revenge story for the 21st century, while “When the Rains Came,” a brief but devastating parable, takes on the eternal great flood myth in which only innocent children remain to carry on.

Masterful storytelling, by a writer working at peak power, Gallery of the Disappeared Men will remain with you long after you have closed the book.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I could rave on for hours about how deeply moved I was by this collection. I am awed by how well Papernick writes the perspectives of women, how he writes loss and how he incorporates Jewish history and the rich pain of our people that remains a shadow of unshakeable darkness that lives inside of us. Gallery of the Disappeared Men is unique and powerful. And it offers hope, too, by showing how transformative love can be in all its many broken forms of rescue. Each story in this collection is a beautifully crafted ballad, and each character a cantor, who illuminates the deepest forms of loss and offers a survivors' breed of hope, making this a perfect collection for our times." - Melissa Falcon Field

"Gallery of the Disappeared Men is a knockout collection of stories that promises to both shock and move you. With bright, evocative prose, Papernick dares to shine a light on the disturbing edges of the human psyche, while never losing sight of the goodness often found at the center. In these stories, better selves battle crueler instincts, painful pasts clash with hopeful futures, magical realism dances with harsh verisimilitude, and cruelty and violence occur--as they do in the real world--beside sparks of kindness and conscience. Reader, prepare to sometimes squirm with discomfort, sometimes root with joy, and to never ever be bored." - Jessamyn Hope

"Papernick's stories are at turns gritty, heart-wrenching, and quick-witted, but always unforgettable." - Sara Nović

"As a novelist, Jon Papernick is a master at salvaging dignity from human disappointment. He is a fixer in fiction, a storyteller of hidden silver linings, the kind of lively, engaging writer who will make you laugh and squirm and root for a happier ending for his characters--all misfits, outcasts, survivors--many of whom are too cynical or broken to believe in the writer who conjured them. GALLERY OF THE DISAPPEARED MEN is a master class in Papernick's special talents." - Thane Rosenbaum

"Jon Papernick is a magician, conjuring a rich emotional landscape from his deeply observed characters and their very human lives and needs." - Ben Tanzer

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