The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W

By Gabriel Brownstein
Read by Scott Brick , Stefan Rudnicki , John Rubinstein , Harlan Ellison , and Arte Johnson
Produced and directed by Stefan Rudnicki

7.40 Hours 10/01/2007 unabridged
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These nine brilliantly inventive stories capture the eccentricities 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,” with the hero fading away toward infancy on the third floor. In apartment 7E, a lawyer named Zauberman reenacts the life of Hawthorne’s Wakefield, abandoning his family so that he can spy on them. And 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 it all by thinking about the stories they know best.

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Summary

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Winner of the 2003 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award

These nine brilliantly inventive stories capture the eccentricities 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,” with the hero fading away toward infancy on the third floor. In apartment 7E, a lawyer named Zauberman reenacts the life of Hawthorne’s Wakefield, abandoning his family so that he can spy on them. And 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 it all by thinking about the stories they know best.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A breathing monument to childhood, to Manhattan, and in its good-natured way, to literature itself.” Los Angeles Times
“Marvelously smooth hybrid tales that prompt readers to think twice about the intersection of life and fiction.” Publishers Weekly
“Brownstein combines humor, absurdity, and elegy to create linked stories that are strong enough to stand on their own…Sympathetic and perceptive, unpretentious yet engaging, these stories are infused with a genuine sense of place; Brownstein’s New York is a home for memories, a refuge for eccentrics. Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“Mysterious, resonant, haunting; their echoes will stay with you long after you've finished his lovely, lovely book.” Dale Peck, author of Now It's Time to Say Goodbye
“Scott Brick’s performance is up to his usual high standards…The different actors work well together and strengthen the sometimes loose ties that bind the stories. The actors, especially old pro Scott Brick, bring the characters to life…[A] fascinating quilt of tales.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Gabriel Brownstein

Gabriel Brownstein’s stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All Story, Northwest Review, the Literary Review, and the Hawaii Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English