Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in
Pub Date: 10/15/2012
List Price: $24.95
At the heart of this collection of five short stories and the title novella is the powerful interconnection between parents and children, nostalgia and memory, and the collective emotional intimacies and transactions that configure human behavior.
Incisive and witty meditations on the disruptions and difficulties of family life, the stories in The Quarry focus on the precariously balanced world of anxious and awkward sons and painfully failed or failing fathers. The title novella sifts through the irreparable moral and psychological confusion brought about by the Holocaust, following two families as they struggle to reconcile themselves to personal disorder and private grief-with no illusory platitudes about the redemptive power of suffering.
With unerring compassion for conveying emotional revelations and a keen sensitivity to the frailty and malleability of the human spirit, The Quarry lures the reader into confronting the most hidden and disquieting parts of the buried self.
The five stories and one novella in Grossinger's debut fiction collection center on Jewish-Americans who are haunted by persecutions imagined and real, including the Holocaust. Grossinger displays a strong command of dramatics and a plaintive writing style suitable for taking on the most emotional of topics.
While focusing on failed fathers and the disruptions of family life, this well-written collection nevertheless hails the human spirit.
Edward Lewis Wallant Book Award, Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, Univ. of Hartford