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The grandson of famed Catskill resort owner Jennie Grossinger, Richard Grossinger grew up in a Manhattan apartment with his mother, stepfather, brother and sister and attended private schools. In this affecting, gracefully written memoir, Grossinger details his unhappy childhood, which was punctuated by episodes of panic. His mother so resented his attachment to his father, Paul, with whom he lived at Jennie Grossinger's resort during school vacations, that she consistently behaved as though she hated Richard and publicly favored his brother. Observing his son's emotional distress, Paul arranged for Richard to undergo Freudian psychoanalysis, an experience that he describes here. The author skillfully evokes the world of '50s New York and Grossinger's Catskills as well as the counterculture of the '60s, which he was drawn to while attending Amherst College.
|Publisher:||North Atlantic Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)|
About the Author
A graduate of Amherst College, Richard Grossinger received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan, writing an ethnography of fishing in Maine. He is the author of many books, a portion of which is listed below:
Embryos, Galaxies, and Sentient Beings
The Night Sky
Homeopathy: The Great Riddle
Out of Babylon: Ghosts of Grossinger's
He and his wife, Lindy Hough, are the founding publishers of North Atlantic Books in Berkeley, California.
What People are Saying About This
... Part magic, part myth, part dream, part prayer, New Moon ... leads straight to the depths of the unconscious.
Mary Mackey, (author of The Year the Horses Came , The Horses at the Gate , Season of Shadows and The Dear Dance of Eros )
... Richard Grossinger writes a brilliant novel about a young man's passage into adulthood. New Moon is a departure for the Jewish American novel, as well - no longer obsessed with old world issues, and not finding solace in the illusion of an American Promise Land.
Ishmael Reed (author of Flight to Canada and Shrove-Tide in New Orleans )
A memoir of baseball, high school, and Jewish New York in the 50's. New Moon is also a portrait of a defenseless consciousness uncovering itself in the world simulatenously. The spellbinding tales and terrifying intimacy of Richard Grossinger's book puts it, for me, in the company of Frederick Exley's A Fan's Notes and Annie Dillard's An American Childhood . An unforgettable reading experience.
Jonathan Lethem, (author of Gun, with Ocassional Music and Amnesia Moon )
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