Author Event: Jeffrey Feingold presents his short story collections

Event date: 
09/18/2023 - 7:00pm

Jeffrey Feingold joins us to discuss his two short story collections, The Black Hole Pastrami and There is No Death in Finding Nemo

This is a free event but you must RSVP in order to secure your spot. You can do so with the link below (no fees) or by calling us at 781-431-1160 during store hours (also no fees). 

Copies of the books will be available for purchase at the event. Please note that you must purchase your copy of the book from Wellesley Books in order to have the author sign it at the event. 



The Black Hole Pastrami

"... Profoundly moving ... A textured, imaginative debut collection." –Kirkus

"... A delicious offering of interwoven stories, seasoned with surrealism, humor, a bit of regret, a lot of heart." –Jan Maher, author 

Sixteen tales, both humorous and poignant, many of which examine family relations and Ukrainian Jewish heritage. The collection opens with the title story, which describes a vegetarian son venturing to a deli to buy his dying father a black pastrami on rye with extra mustard. The errand leads the man to reflect on his own life, marked by a stultifying sense of helplessness. “Here’s Looking at You, Syd” is about a husband and wife who journey to Moscow to adopt a child but are confronted by a wall of Russian bureaucracy. Other stories examine coming of age; in “The Buzz Bomb,” a young boy takes playing war games too far and is met with disastrous consequences. Similarly in “The Wrong Napkin,” childish naïveté leads to an embarrassing misjudgment and a chat about the differences between men and women. In “Goth Girl,” a young aspiring writer falls for a darkly aloof poet. Stories such as “Avalanche” and “My Left Foot” celebrate familial relationships with pet dogs, whereas “America’s Test Chicken” is a tongue-in-cheek tale of the launch of “one of the hottest cooking shows on cable TV.” Things take a weirdly humorous twist in “Seventh Sense” when a dentist offers “tissue harvested from the departed” to address a patient’s gum complaint. The collection closes with “The Sugar Thief,” about an embarrassing auntie who steals sugar sachets from the diner.


There is No Death in Finding Nemo

"... Poignant, frequently hilarious, and almost always surreal ... it is hard not to charmed by this collection." –IndieReader

"... Profound tales featuring colorful imagery and accessible characters" –Kirkus

Seemingly simple lives are full of surprises in this collection of short stories.

Music student Dakota, in the opening title story, ignores her sister’s warning about her too-fast relationship. She moves in with Zayden, a real estate developer who certainly seems like an ambitious, responsible older man, after just a few dates. Things change drastically after Dakota unearths what’s hiding in her boyfriend’s home office. Similarly, in “Avram’s Miracle,” hopeful new business partners tour the world’s biggest matzah bakery, which is in Cincinnati. They’re gunning for “worldwide matzah domination” but are unexpectedly taken aback by apprentice baker Avram’s invention. This impressive device may be able to feed masses for free, but is that really what these food industrialists want? Many readers will relate to the lives of those in the seven tales herein: an aging man pining for youth in “The Mirror” and a woman long denying her own very real mental condition in“The Loneliest Number.”Still, surreal moments intermittently crop up. In “The Box,” for example, a stranger hands the titular item to art professor Francine, who’s sitting alone at a restaurant. “For happiness,” the nameless woman tells her before quickly departing. The wooden box’s glass top periodically glows with pictures of people with whom Francine has recently conversed, but she’s not immediately clear why it does so. This story, like the others, showcases the effects of unpredictable happenings on everyday lives.



Jeffrey M. Feingold is a writer in Boston. His stories — forthcoming in two collections in print from publishers in the U.S. and England — have been nominated for the Pen America Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, the Pushcart Prize, and The Best American Short Stories; finalist for the Eyelands Book Awards in Greece; shortlisted and longlisted for the Exeter Story Prize; and winner of London’s Superlative literary journal annual short story prize. Jeffrey’s work appears in magazines, such as the international Intrepid Times, and in The Bark (a national magazine with readership over 250,000). Jeffrey’s work has also been published in anthologies, and by numerous literary reviews and journals, including The Pinch, Maudlin House, Wilderness House Literary Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and elsewhere. Jeffrey's stories about family, about the tension between heritage versus assimilation, and about love, loss, regret, and forgiveness, reveal a sense of absurdity tempered by a love of people and their quirky ways.


Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714