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The Hysterectomy Waltz, by Merrill Joan Gerber

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The Hysterectomy Waltz, by Merrill Joan Gerber


The Hysterectomy Waltz, by Merrill Joan Gerber


Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Paperback: 216 pages
ISBN: 978-1-938604-19-5
Trim: 8.2 x 5.8

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What happens when a woman has a hysterectomy? What happens emotionally, spiritually, hormonally, sexually to a woman after hysterectomy? What happens to her intimate relationships? What happens to a woman's sense of identity? Merrill Joan Gerber's brilliant black comedy, The Hysterectomy Waltz, will resonate with hundreds of thousands of women who have been through this surgery.


"It's truly powerful, and acrid, and barbed, and filled with wonderful, and unexpected, turns of phrase, and above all it's shocking in its directness and understated anger and sadness and fear. In short, it's an amazing piece of writing." —Cynthia Ozick
"This American Jewish woman's work of magic realism tells an intimate, anguished, outraged, and ultimately triumphant tale about hysterectomy —female genital mutilation, American style. And she shares one woman's experience about what happens to orgasm after hysterectomy. Women want to know about this! They will have to read to the very end to find out." —Susan Koppelman

"Hysterectomy? You turn those fellows loose with a knife and, if you aren't careful, they'll not even leave you a gizzard" —Andrew Lytle