Gerhardt's Children

Gerhardt's Children

by Jerrold J. Mundis
     
 

An extraordinary family saga about a fiercely German Catholic clan growing up in Midwestern America.

Epic in scope and emotional appeal, Gerhardt's Children is a story of angry sons and rebellious daughters, hapless mates and lovers, trapped in hopeless entanglements of need and resentment; of a vibrantly alive young woman dying of cancer and an emotionally ravaged

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An extraordinary family saga about a fiercely German Catholic clan growing up in Midwestern America.

Epic in scope and emotional appeal, Gerhardt's Children is a story of angry sons and rebellious daughters, hapless mates and lovers, trapped in hopeless entanglements of need and resentment; of a vibrantly alive young woman dying of cancer and an emotionally ravaged young man struggling to be reborn; of a plainly human hunger for love at the mercy of iron traditions that bend only in madness.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A superb novelist presents a book difficult to overpraise.
West Coast Review of Books - Dorothy Rochmis
A rare, beautifully constructed and written book which not only haunts one afterwards, but pummels one into exploring hidden, half forgotten corners and truths in one's own past.
The New York Times - Richard Lingerman
The Sproul tragedies flow through the narrator's grieving mind, past and present swirling in parallel streams, bearing alluvial memories out to sea. It is a tricky narrative to bring off, involving as it does many centrifugal lives, but Mr. Mundis brings it off....A cumulative impact, with the narrator pressing again and again into hidden places, offering universal family scenes that build into the eloquence of simple language borne up by strongly felt and true emotion."
The Pittsburgh Press - Polly McKnight
A brilliant novel, rich with such real people--all of them grasping and loving and destroying--that it is hard to think of it as fiction. In a style which is both beautiful and bluntly incisive, Mundis has created the living organism of an American family, struggling with itself and its ethics, bound by its past and groping for a future.
The Boston Globe - Margaret Manning
A genuine pleasure to read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689107320
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/1976
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
305

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