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Chattering Man, by Merrill Joan Gerber

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Chattering Man, by Merrill Joan Gerber

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Chattering Man, by Merrill Joan Gerber

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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.


“In this collection of short fiction . . . ‘The Anna Stories: A Novella’ is a wonderfully wry look at the outrageous indignities of old age. In the remaining eight tales, veering from the absurd to the tragic, Gerber (King of the World) portrays with accuracy and compassion characters who include an insecure, too-hip college couple in Berkeley, Calif., a Brooklyn inventor of chicken-skin sandwiches, a quack gynecologist in Miami, newlyweds in Boston.”—Publishers Weekly


Merrill Joan Gerber is a prize-winning novelist and short story writer. Among her novels are The Kingdom of Brooklyn, winner of the Ribalow Award from Hadassah Magazine for “the best English-language book of fiction on a Jewish theme,” Anna in the Afterlife, chosen by the Los Angeles Times as a “Best Novel of 2002” and King of the World, which won the Pushcart Editors’ Book Award.