Nirvana Is Here


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Three Rooms Press
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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.1 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author

Aaron Hamburger is the author of a story collection titled The View from Stalin's Head (Random House), winner of the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His second book, the novel Faith for Beginners (Random House), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, O, the Oprah Magazine, Details, The Village Voice, Poets & Writers, Tin House, Out, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Forward and numerous other publications. In addition, he has also won fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation as well as first prize in the Dornstein Contest for Young Jewish Writers. He has taught creative writing at Columbia University, the George Washington University, New York University, Brooklyn College, and the Stonecoast MFA Program. He currently resides in Washington, D.C


for the debut novel Faith for Beginners
"Consistently amusing, particularly when Hamburger offers barbed observations about the banalities of tourist culture." --The New York Times

"A knockout of a novel." --Frontiers Magazine (chosen as one of the top five books of 2005)

"A hilarious spin on the ancient travel-as-self-discovery formula." --Newsday

"Highly recommended for anyone who is drawn to stories of family affected by the global political context of everyday life." --Booklist

"Hamburger goes further than witty satire . . . When the plot takes a dark turn he demonstrates that he's capable of taking on global issues." --Publishers Weekly

for the short story collection The View from Stalin's Head
"The stuff of a Czech fairy tale." --The New York Times Book Review

"Laugh-out-loud funny." --Los Angeles Times

"In language that's both understated and visceral, Hamburger skillfully distills those moments when his characters experience crucial identity shifts." --Booklist

"Both understated and visceral, Hamburger skillfully distills those moments when his characters experience crucial identity shifts." --Publishers Weekly
"A tender self-reckoning, Nirvana Is Here brings the past full circle. Hamburger deftly reveals how incidents recede--even if they leave their mark--to bring new hopes into focus." --Foreword Reviews

"Deft characterization of a person who seeks to close the space between the past and present self." --Lambda Literary Review

"Hamburger is tender and provocative in his examinations of sexual abuse, racial strife in '90s Detroit, and the way that discovering Nirvana changes everything about Ari's world. The complexities of this novel are deftly handled by Hamburger, whose sensitive and observant prose is a pure joy to read on every page." --Electric Literature

"Bay Area Reporter 2019 Pride List"

"Nir-vana is Here is told with irony and a pleas-ing light-ness. . . . Nir-vana songs and ado-les-cent mus-ings about Kurt Cobain pep-per the book, giv-ing it a grit-ty, sar-don-ic edge." --Jewish Book Council

"An expertly written, bold, funny, serious novel." --The Rupture Magazine

"Both timely and refreshing in its complexity, Nirvana is Here gets to the heart of matters and revels in the glory of accepting one's against-the-grain identity." --Hyype

"A work that effectively weaves the elements of growing up in the 1990s, addressing race/privilege/sexuality, confronting awful truths and realizing consequences have meaning throughout your life. It makes for a very good read indeed." --QueerGuru

"Nirvana is Here is a beautiful, but sad, coming-of-age story that is a heartily welcome addition to the LGBTQ literature pantheon." --I Like to Read

"Quite simply, this is a coming of age story but it is also so much more; it is a story of recovery and dealing with both past and present as set against the band Nirvana. . . . Hamburger beautifully captures the decade of the 90s and his characters who come of age then." --Reviews by Amos Lassen

"If your idea of Heaven is sitting down with a beautifully written book full of complex, compelling characters, then get ready....Nirvana is Here! This is a drop-everything, stay-up-way-too-late, unputdownable novel written by an amazingly talented author. Funny, sexy, wise, and thought-provoking, Nirvana Is Here is a book that has it all, speaks to our times, and is an absolutely necessary read." --Lesléa Newman, author October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard and Heather Has Two Mommies

"A yearning, generous, coming-of-age journey. Captures both a decade, and those scary, vital moments we reveal who we are, inside. Aaron Hamburger's prose is alive: what's here is funny, painful, heartbreaking. If you miss (or missed) the 1990s, read this book - Nirvana Is Here." --Brando Skyhorse, author of The Madonnas of Echo Park and Take This Man
"With rich, real characters and an evocative sense of time and place, Aaron Hamburger movingly explores the ways our pasts accompany us into our future lives. Nirvana Is Here is tender, wise and deeply affecting." --Tova Mirvis, author, The Book of Separation

"Aaron Hamburger's Nirvana Is Here is a wonder of a book, often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and always enormously honest about what it means to be young and in love. As a Jewish Gen-Xer, the novel reminded me exactly of who I once was--and all that I still want to be. Nirvana Is Here is a brilliant accomplishment." --Lauren Grodstein, author of Our Short History

"Like everything Hamburger writes, Nirvana Is Here is compulsively readable, charming, and suffused with deep humanity. The title is truth in advertising, folks: this novel is nirvana indeed." --Elisa Albert, author, After Birth

"A touching, finely wrought portrait of secrets lying like buried ordinance beneath ordinary lives. The delicacy and observational wit of Aaron Hamburger's prose are a marvel." --Louis Bayard, author, Courting Mr. Lincoln