Human Resources

by Josh Goldfaden

Tin House Books

Shortlisted for the Story Prize

Winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Prose Award

A Powell’s Staff Pick

“A series of gently askew tales at once utterly odd and oddly humane. Using language as kinetic and inventive as his playful yet pointed plots, Goldfaden is sure to delight readers eager to embark on a refreshingly original literary adventure.”

“Sexy and syncopated, the stories in Human Resources harken the twin pleasures of jazz: a sense of surprise and the weight of inevitability. In turns ironic, improvisational and knowing, Josh Goldfaden’s stories are laced with play and passion, racing across the page with melodic humor and a soulful harmony. He’s the Thelonious Monk of fiction.”
—Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winner of The Orphan Master’s Son

“The seven far-out stories in Goldfaden’s impressive debut explore the absurd without giving in to it. Goldfaden is an undeniable talent.”
Publisher’s Weekly, starred

“Swift, surprising, funny, and in the end unexpectedly moving. I was sorry to see this book end.”
—Kevin Canty, author of Into the Great Wide Open

About the Book

Humorous, energetic, and inventive, the stories in Josh Goldfaden’s debut collection are laugh-out-loud funny. Goldfaden’s genius is pushing the limits of absurdity without sacrificing the emotional core of his characters or their stories. A nanny works for a traveling writers colony (his charge is named Camus). A pirate saves up for his own restaurant. A litter specialist tackles the overstuffed homes—and psyches—of the rich. As zany as they come, Goldfaden’s characters seek purpose and community and, every now and again, they find it. 

About the Author

Josh Goldfaden's short stories have appeared in Meridian, Mid-American Review, New England Review, Salmagundi, the Sewanee Review, Washington Square, ZYZZYVA, and others. Josh is also the co-writer of the film Gods Behaving Badly, which starred Christopher Walken, John Turturro, Sharon Stone, Edie Falco, and Alicia Silverstone.