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Gerber, Merrill Joan

Overview
Works: 43 works in 142 publications in 3 languages and 5,735 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Juvenile works  History  Biography  Short stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3557.E664, FIC
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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 394 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 )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 331 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
Handsome as anything by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 281 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
Name a star for me : a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

3 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 255 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
Honeymoon : stories by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 255 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 241 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 236 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
Please don't kiss me now by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

2 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 233 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
The victory gardens of Brooklyn : a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 197 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 185 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
I'd rather think about Robby by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

3 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 172 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
An antique man; a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

5 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in English and held by 164 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
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 157 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
Anna in chains by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A short story collection centered around Anna Goldman, nearly 80 years of age, widowed and living on her own near Los Angeles. This is a book about being an old woman in the modern world and the struggle to survive alone
The lady with the moving parts : a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

5 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in English and held by 136 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
Anna in the afterlife : a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 126 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
Now Molly knows; a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

10 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in English and held by 123 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 )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 116 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 )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 110 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
The hysterectomy waltz by Merrill Joan Gerber( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 35 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
 
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King of the world : a novel
Alternative Names
Gerber, Merrill J.

Merrill Joan Gerber American writer

Merrill Joan Gerber Amerikaans schrijfster

Languages
English (117)

Danish (3)

Italian (2)

Covers
Glimmering girls : a novel of the fiftiesThe kingdom of BrooklynThis is a voice from your past : new and selected storiesThe victory gardens of Brooklyn : a novelAnna in chainsAnna in the afterlife : a novelGut feelings : a writer's truths and minute inventions