Steve Stern, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, is the author of several previous novels and story collections, including The Frozen Rabbi and The Wedding Jester. He teaches at Skidmore College in upstate New York.
"Stern's stories are suffused with nostalgia for this lost world. . . . Nothing goes unobserved." --The New York Times Book Review
"[Stern is] a dazzling stylist. . . . The soulful stories in The Book of Mischief deserve to be found." --Dallas Morning News
"Filled with pathos and humor. . . . At its most poignant, Stern's writing . . . peels away at the membranes that divide the present from the past." --The New Republic
"A magisterial collection. . . . Stern's universe is a funny one, but he's honest enough to notice that sometimes we're the punch line." --Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Stern's prose fuses the magical and the mundane, with an offhandedness that makes the normal seem odd, and the truly odd seem matter of fact. . . . mesmerizing." --Bookslut