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The Hysterectomy Waltz by Merrill Joan Gerber

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The Hysterectomy Waltz by Merrill Joan Gerber

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The Hysterectomy Waltz by Merrill Joan Gerber

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What happens when a woman has a hysterectomy? What happens emotionally, spiritually, hormonally, sexually to a woman after a 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.


“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

“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

“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


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.