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Chattering Man
     

Chattering Man

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by Merrill Joan Gerber
 

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Spanning the continent from Brooklyn and Miami to Pasadena and Berkeley, these stories and the characters who people them are as real as our own lives, and the reader is drawn into the essence of life in all its complexity and wonder.

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Spanning the continent from Brooklyn and Miami to Pasadena and Berkeley, these stories and the characters who people them are as real as our own lives, and the reader is drawn into the essence of life in all its complexity and wonder.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this collection of short fiction, cranky, defiant Anna Goldman lives in two cramped rooms, each with a piano. A fugitive from New York's Lower East Side, Anna, now in her 70s, lives in Los Angeles where she gives concerts at a community center to ``the blood pressure bunch and the Alzheimer's gang.'' Watching over her daughter Carol, a widow of a suicide, Anna trades insults with her two TV-lobotomized grandchildren. She sleeps with a Hemlock Society card by her bedside. ``The Anna Stories: A Novella'' is a wonderfully wry look at the outrageous indignities of old age. In the remaining eight tales, veering from the absurd to the tragic, Gerber ( King of the World ) portrays with accuracy and compassion characters who include an insecure, too-hip college couple in Berkeley, Calif., a Brooklyn inventor of chicken-skin sandwiches, a quack gynecologist in Miami, newlyweds in Boston. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Gerber's latest book is a collection of eight stories and a novella. Most of the stories have been published previously. In the novella, aging Anna Goldman curses the loss of husband and health, rails against neighbors, and criticizes sisters and grandchildren. She is ``Miss Daisy'' with a raised fist. When she is finally forced into a rest home, away from the tiny apartment she hates except when she's somewhere else, she wears her skirts too short and attracts Harvey, another survivor. Sadness and hardship are punctuated with humor, happiness, and glimpses of Anna's vulnerability. In a touching story, related to the novella, Anna convinces her dead father that she hasn't violated her Jewish faith by liking Christmas music. Gerber won the 1990 Pushcart Prize for The King of the World ( LJ 1/90) and contributes regularly to Red Book , The New Yorker , and other magazines. For public or academic libraries emphasizing contemporary American fiction.-- Nancy Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, N.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937854140
Publisher:
Dzanc Books
Publication date:
06/11/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
210
File size:
251 KB

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Chattering Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started writing fiction in 1998, one of the books I discovered was Merrill Joan Gerber's 'Chattering Man.' The novella and short stories in this collection are as powerful as they are expertly-crafted. Never saccharine, always honest, these stories will get under your skin. Her characters range from teenagers to the elderly, people just experiencing the intricacies of life, and those who have grown jaded from years of battling the random inequities of an illogical world. Gerber's character of Anna Goldman is worth the price of this book alone. Without question, Gerber's fiction played an important role in my development as a writer. This is a must read.