Joseph Rathgeber, The Abridged Autobiography of Yousef R

Debut Short Story Collection

Reading and Book Signing

Joseph Rathgeber

The Abridged Autobiography of Yousef R. and Other Stories

Friday, January 30, 7pm


“Joseph Rathgeber’s The Abridged Autobiography of Yousef R. is a taut, piercing collection of short stories, filled with a mordant sense of humor and keen insight into the messy, discordant, wildly unpredictable state of contemporary American life.”

—Jess Row, author of The Train to Lo Wu and Your Face in Mine

“Set in a small corner of northern New Jersey, these astonishing stories explore so much that is essential about contemporary life: the comforts and tensions of class, the terrors and joys of parenting, the rage and futility of politics, the strangeness and inscrutability of friendship, the lovely failures of art. Structurally complex and stylistically audacious, these stories engage with the myths and mysteries of our time, showing their strangeness and bringing them fully to life.”

—Nathan Oates, author of The Empty House

Joseph Rathgeber is an author, poet, and high school English teacher from Clifton, New Jersey. His short stories and poems have appeared in a number of literary magazines and journals. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a two-time Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award Honorable Mention, and a recipient of a 2014 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He is a member of the National Writers Union UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO.


Event date: 
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
54 Fairfield St.
07042-4137 Montclair