When the Nines Roll Over

When the Nines Roll Over

And Other Stories

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452286641
  • 240 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


A tour de force of imaginative storytelling from the critically acclaimed author of City of Thieves and The 25th Hour and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones

In When the Nines Roll Over, David Benioff (The 25th Hour, City of Thieves) uses humor and rich characterizations to explore the sometimes thrilling, sometimes pathetic emotional lives of a diverse set of characters.  Over the course of eight stories, we are introduced to a host of young people on the cusp of discovery and loss.  As he evokes the various states of agony and pleasure—humiliation, rebellion, camaraderie, and desire—Benioff displays a profound understanding of the transformative power of a single moment and how sadness can be illuminated by a humorous flip side. When the Nines Roll Over confirms the promise of a gifted writer emerging as a storytelling force.


“An ace storyteller…‘The Devil Comes to Orekhovo’…may be the best Hemingway story Hemingway never wrote.”—Entertainment Weekly