In her first published book, Merrill Joan Gerber chronicles the struggles of life in twentieth-century America with tenderness and compassion. Relating a childhood memory of sex, an unwanted “dressy” wedding, a daughter-in-law’s compassion for her husband’s rejected parents, Gerber moves from the particular to the universal. In this collection of works originally published in the New Yorker, Redbook, Mademoiselle, and the Sewanee Review, Gerber explores family, love, loss, and memory with wit and warmth.
“Merrill Joan Gerber is a young woman of extraordinary talent. She has the gift of making fiction out of the most everyday matters—family relations, babies, house-hunting, job. Every story has a remarkable ring of truth. Her people live—and that is the rarest thing of all—because she is not engaged in a solo performance to show off her virtuosity, but in a job of interested and often amused observation to reveal them. Stop Here, My Friend is the first book of a real short story writer.”—Wallace Stegner
ABOUT MERRILL JOAN GERBER
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.