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In this collection of short stories, the reader meets Anna Goldman who is nearly eighty years old, widowed and living on her own in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles. As she makes her determined, irreverent way through the maze of modern society, she struggles to maintain her independence and remain connected to the world. Jewish, but disenchanted with religion in any guise, Anna eats bacon to dare God's wrath. Living in a mixed ethnic neighborhood, Anna pronounces her prejudices against all foreigners, wondering ...
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Anna in Chains

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Overview

In this collection of short stories, the reader meets Anna Goldman who is nearly eighty years old, widowed and living on her own in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles. As she makes her determined, irreverent way through the maze of modern society, she struggles to maintain her independence and remain connected to the world. Jewish, but disenchanted with religion in any guise, Anna eats bacon to dare God's wrath. Living in a mixed ethnic neighborhood, Anna pronounces her prejudices against all foreigners, wondering where the values of the world she remembers have gone. A pianist herself, Anna takes on the job of entertaining the old folks at the senior citizen center, but realizes that "Mozart you can't give them." She disapproves of the way her grandsons are being raised and when she visits her older sister still "big and bossy" in Miami Beach, she has a romantic encounter with a dreamer named Irving who courts her with words, since it's far too late for deeds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480425972
  • Publisher: Dzanc Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 139
  • File size: 529 KB

Meet the Author


Merrill Joan Gerber is a prize-winning novelist and short story writer. Among her novels are The Kingdom of Brooklyn, winner of the Ribalow Award from Hadassah Magazine for “the best English-language book of fiction on a Jewish theme,” Anna in the Afterlife, chosen by the Los Angeles Times as a “Best Novel of 2002” and King of the World, which won the Pushcart Editors’ Book Award. She has written five volumes of short stories. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Mademoiselle, The Sewanee Review, The Virginia Review, Commentary, Salmagundi, The American Scholar, The Southwest Review, and elsewhere.

Her story, “I Don’t Believe This,” won an O. Henry Prize. “This is a Voice From Your Past” was included in The Best American Mystery Stories.

Her non-fiction books include a travel memoir, Botticelli Blue Skies: An American in Florence; a book of personal essays, Gut Feelings: A Writer’s Truths and Minute Inventions; and Old Mother, Little Cat: a Writer’s Reflections on her Kitten, her Aged Mother . . . and Life.
Gerber earned her BA in English from the University of Florida, her MA in English from Brandeis University, and was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellowship to Stanford University. She presently teaches fiction writing at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. 
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Table of Contents

"Rad, Man" 3
The Leaf Lady 15
Mozart You Can't Give Them 23
The Blood Pressure Bunch and the Alzheimer's Gang 33
Comes an Earthquake 45
Starry Night 61
Tickets to Donahue 73
The Next Meal Is Lunch 85
Wheel of Fortune 97
Hear No Entreaties, Speak No Consolations 111
Anna in Chains 127
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