WorldCat Identities

Gerber, Merrill Joan

Overview
Works: 43 works in 150 publications in 3 languages and 6,298 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Juvenile works  Historical fiction  History  Biography  Short stories  Frame stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3557.E664, 813.54
Publication Timeline
.
Most widely held works about Merrill Joan Gerber
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Most widely held works by Merrill Joan Gerber
King of the world : a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on a true story, this shattering novel about the abuse of a wife and child will stick with the reader long after they turn the last page. Merrill Joan Gerber reveals the love affair of Ginny and her sensitive but horribly destructive lover, Michael. The pair adopts a child that Michael both loves and abuses. As Ginny struggles to rid herself of him and save her child, Michael becomes the incarnation of depravity
Glimmering girls : a novel of the fifties by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of three extraordinary American women during a time of sexual and cultural repression. Francie and her friends Liz and Amanda are college students, coming of age intellectually, emotionally, and physically in a setting where men were forbidden entry to women's dorm rooms and women were locked into these rooms after curfew. College life for women was governed by one simple cardinal rule: Marry Before Graduation or Be Lost Forever. Francie and friends, however, resist their appointed futures and rebel. They begin the real-world education of pursuing their dreams at a time when their entire culture seemed arrayed against them
Honeymoon : stories by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This exceptional book of short stories, chosen for inclusion in the prestigious Illinois Short Fiction Series, contains Gerber's powerful tale "I Don't Believe This," which won an O. Henry Award
The kingdom of Brooklyn by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winner of the Ribalow Prize from Hadassah Magazine, Merrill Joan Gerber superbly evokes an anguished child's faltering steps toward consciousness ... Gerber has written often-and grippingly-of tormented families ... but never as daringly as here. "In this brutally candid, semiautobiographical novel, Gerber again (as in King of the World) corrosively delineates the heinous abuses inflicted in the name of love, and a victim's ambivalence toward her abuser ... Her wry purity of style packs psychological dynamite."--Publishers Weekly "The Kingdom of Brooklyn offers a rare look into a unique time, place, and culture."--Belles Lettres "Merrill Joan Gerber's superb evocation of an anguished child's faltering steps toward consciousness ... Gerber has written often-and grippingly-of tormented families ... but never as daringly as here: Issa is just 3 years old, 'hardly a person yet, ' when she begins her 10 year chronicle of violent conflicts and crises. The passions propelling this compact, eloquent novel are virulent, reaching back into the past and shadowing the future."--Los Angeles Times "Merrill Joan Gerber ... demonstrates a remarkable talent for delineating personality, not only of Issa but of all others who interact with her. Her characters have definitive qualities that make them credible, a tribute to her capacity to present the people of her creation, undoubtedly using elements from her own life experiences." -The Jewish Week
This is a voice from your past : new and selected stories by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Every woman gets a call like this sooner or later. The phone rings, a man says: 'this is a voice from your past.'" The opening of the title story of Merrill Joan Gerber's collection sets the tone for each of the thirteen pieces gathered here. Set mostly in Southern California - in seemingly peaceful, suburban households - Gerber's stories expose the raw, sometimes murderous impulses normally hidden beneath the facade of middle-class life."--Jacket
Handsome as anything by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

2 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in Undetermined and English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulled in different directions by her sisters and the three men in whom she is interested, fifteen-year-old Rachel struggles to find her own identity
An antique man; a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

5 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the poignant story of a loving, gentle man, & ldquo;antique & rdquo; by virtue, & ldquo;an antique man & rdquo; by profession. It is the story of his lingering death, of his transcendent courage, of the agony and solitude of those who must watch & mdash;his wife and two daughters. It is everyone & rsquo;s story in that it tells in specific and particular terms the general human experience of love and loss, suffering and death. It is agony redeemed by art. An Antique Man is also an extraordinary portrait of a tightly knit Jewish family and makes a strong comment about the phenomenon of human isolation, for in death this little family realizes how totally alone it is in the middle of Los Angeles, city of strangers. The events are described through a curtain of courage and the added dignity of shattering, strengthening love. It answers the question, & ldquo;What use is there in reading fiction? & rdquo; To experience the love and pain in this book is of the deepest private value
Name a star for me : a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

3 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While her mother paints and recaptures memories of her youth, thirteen-year-old Ev copes with growing pains on a Kentucky farm
The lady with the moving parts : a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

6 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Lady with the Moving Parts is a moving, powerful story of women exchanging secrets and sexual advice in an encounter group
Please don't kiss me now by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

3 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After her parents are divorced, 15-year-old Leslie must cope with her mother's new life-style, her own relationship with two boy friends, and a startling tragedy which forces her to face reality
Now Molly knows; a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

9 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now Molly Knows is a novel about a singular girl's most womanly experience. A novel whose truth crosses the lines of time and sex. A novel of pain beauty and promises. This is a novel about a girl's sexual discovery in America of the '50s from early teens and high school to college, first experience, and marriage
This old heart of mine : the best of Merrill Joan Gerber's Redbook stories by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Merrill Joan Gerber holds the record of having sold more short stories to Redbook Magazine than any other writer. This selection of twenty-five linked tales, published in Redbook from 1964 to 1991, chronicles the passionate (domestic) adventures of Janet, Danny and their three daughters
Chattering man : stories and a novella by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Anna in chains by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The victory gardens of Brooklyn : a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rich in historic detail, this boilerplate immigrant family epic focuses on three Jewish sisters struggling to make something of their lives over 40 years of births, deaths, work, domestic abuse and two world wars. Gerber (The Kingdom of Brooklyn) focuses on the passions and cross-cultural currents whirling around Ava, Musetta and Gilda, the three daughters of Rachel, a Polish Jew who arrives on New York's Lower East Side in 1906
Stop here, my friend; stories by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

4 editions published between 1965 and 2012 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen stories previously published in The New Yorker, Mademoiselle, Redbook, and The Sewanee Review, Gerber's work discovers her roots in a background predominantly Jewish. Her female look at daily lives is a nice placement alongside a Philip Roth
Anna in the afterlife : a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about Anna, a cranky ninety-year-old who is allowed to be as real as she likes once the chains of propriety have been removed along with her death
I'd rather think about Robby by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

3 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trying to change their conventional image, an eleven-year-old ornithologist and her friends in the Four Roses club are alarmed to find themselves attracted to a precocious boy with a serious interest in kissing
The hysterectomy waltz by Merrill Joan Gerber( )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens when a woman has a hysterectomy? What happens emotionally, spiritually, hormonally, sexually to a woman after a hysterectomy? What happens to her intimate relationships? What happens to a woman's sense of identity? Merrill Joan Gerber's brilliant black comedy, The Hysterectomy Waltz, will resonate with hundreds of thousands of women who have been through this surgery
Also known as Sadzia! the belly dancer! by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and Danish and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under pressure from her mother to lose weight in an exercise class, a sixteen-year-old Jewish girl rebels and joins a class in belly dancing where she finds independence, romance, and self-confidence--and an intriguing drummer named Sumir
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
0
Audience Level
1
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.35 (from 0.17 for Handsome a ... to 0.80 for The funera ...)

King of the world : a novel
Covers
Glimmering girls : a novel of the fiftiesThe kingdom of BrooklynThis is a voice from your past : new and selected storiesAnna in chainsThe victory gardens of Brooklyn : a novelAnna in the afterlife : a novelGut feelings : a writer's truths and minute inventions
Alternative Names
Gerber, Merrill J.

Merrill Joan Gerber American writer

Merrill Joan Gerber Amerikaans schrijfster

Languages
English (122)

Danish (3)

Italian (2)