Título: Chattering Man
Editorial: Longstreet Press, Atlanta, GA
Año de publicación: 1991
Condición del libro: Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)
Edición: First Edition.
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. "Gerber is one of the masters".--Cynthia Ozick.From Kirkus Reviews:
Eight stories and a novella that are slick, competent, and, at their most successful--in the novella, for instance, in which an elderly woman kvetches her way into a retirement home and happiness--full of antic, bittersweet detail. Some of these are sketches; of the rest, the title story is a deft slice-of-life about a daughter faced with a live-in lover who's a bit solicitous and a mother who sends unexplained mammograms to her; the daughter, reading Kafka, finally decides on independence. Such surrealism balloons in ``See Bonnie & Clyde Death Car,'' wherein Phil and Lynn decide to go to Las Vegas--a downbeat story that seems spliced together from half-digested notes. In ``Honest Mistakes,'' a daughter holds a series of summer jobs, the last of which becomes the vehicle whereby she traces down a man who swindled her father of the family's life savings. The novella, however, itself made up of stories, is the book's reason for being: in ``Rad, Man,'' an accident with a Hanukkah candle leads the almost 80-year-old Anna to a reconciliation not only with her VCR-generation grandsons but also with contemporary culture; in ``Leaf Lady,'' Anna mistakes a ``filthy old man who ate pizza'' in a grocery store for her long-dead husband; and ``The Blood Pressure Bunch and the Alzheimer's Gang,'' wherein Anna plays piano for seniors before sidestepping a possible romance, brings her as low as she can go. ``Starry Night,'' set at Christmas, celebrates the season and brings her via flashbacks to authentic grief, while ``The Next Meal is Lunch'' ends at the aforementioned nursing home, after an accident, with Anna happy, holding ``the clear impression she was getting younger.'' Prolific Gerber (King of the World, 1990, etc.) creates in the novella a character who rages eloquently against the coming of the night. By comparison, the stories are mere afterthoughts. Overall, a strong effort. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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