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My Father is a Book

by Janna Malamud Smith

My Father is a Book by Janna Malamud Smith
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2006
    304 pages
    Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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On the twentieth anniversary of Bernard Malamud's death, Janna Malamud Smith explores her father's private, unpublished letters and journals to remember the life of a seminal writer of our time. Malamud left New York and his immigrant father's failing grocery store, and his mother's madness, for a humble position at an Oregon agricultural college. Smith remembers his demanding, ambitious writing schedule and his marriage's fragile balance, but also his charm, humor, and devotion. She evokes the heady culture of his return east to Bennington and Harvard in the sixties and reveals her father's intimacies—and her own—from that radically changing time.

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"Starred Review. Smith offers a profound portrait of a loving father, a writer whose struggles with his own frailties fueled enduring works of literature." - PW.
"Candid yet sensitive, this memoir by clinical social worker Smith (A Potent Spell, 2003, etc.) exquisitely captures "the particular psychic pleasure and confusion" of being the daughter of novelist/short-story writer Bernard Malamud." - Kirkus.

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Malamud is considered one of the great Jewish-American writers, this is the first biography since his death in 1986, at age 72,

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