By Harvey Grossinger

ISBN-10: 0820344826

ISBN-13: 9780820344829

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At the center of this selection of 5 brief tales and the name novella is the robust interconnection among mom and dad and youngsters, nostalgia and reminiscence, and the collective emotional intimacies and transactions that configure human behavior.

Incisive and witty meditations at the disruptions and problems of family members existence, the tales in The Quarry concentrate on the precariously balanced global of frightened and awkward sons and painfully failed or failing fathers. The identify novella sifts throughout the irreparable ethical and mental confusion caused via the Holocaust, following households as they try to reconcile themselves to non-public disease and personal grief—with no illusory platitudes in regards to the redemptive energy of suffering.

With unerring compassion for conveying emotional revelations and a prepared sensitivity to the frailty and malleability of the human spirit, The Quarry lures the reader into confronting the main hidden and disquieting elements of the buried self.

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My mother asked. While she babbled on and on about my missing father’s dismal habits and disreputable friends, he peered up at her every few seconds from his phony note-taking with dark and dreamy crocodile eyes, and he made these plaintive bubbling noises in his throat, as if he were a mourning dove or a pigeon, and sharply rattled the melting ice cubes in his glass with a snap of his hairy wrist. She sent me back into the kitchen for the pecan brownies and Sara Lee banana-apricot cake. As they talked I could hear the sound of a squirrel’s tooth boring like an auger into the oak baseboard of the porch.

She said. When I couldn’t think of a plausible excuse to give them for my being there to see her, I fled, dumping the flowers at the nurses’ station on her floor and devouring the chocolates myself, later that night, alone. I wanted to ask her what happened but froze. ” I said, an unexpected, aggrieved tone creeping into my voice. He shook his large bald head wearily. We smoked some decent pot and drank chilled sauterne out of a thermos and ate chicken salad sandwiches and persimmons for supper and sang old Broadway musical numbers like “The Impossible Dream” and “The Age of Aquarius”—surrounded by hundreds of indolent college kids capering on sand as white as cream, all of them as blearyeyed as we were and doubtless feeling that they, and not us, were somehow at the very center of the universe.

In his commanding baritone. When I wanted to be by myself, I’d take my breaks in the mouse-infested cellar where Birdie kept the large, black-labeled cans of sauerkraut, Heinz baked beans, and Thousand Island dressing, and spend an hour or two in seclusion, staring dully at Playboys or scraping the mustard and mayonnaise tins with enormous rubber spatulas. Her mother grew up in Lincolnwood, spoke Yiddish and Polish like a Warsaw native, was smart and indolent and sky-high on diet pills and bloody Marys most of the time.

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