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The Kingdom of Brooklyn, by Merrill Joan Gerber

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The Kingdom of Brooklyn, by Merrill Joan Gerber

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The Kingdom of Brooklyn, by Merrill Joan Gerber

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A ten-year chronicle of domestic violence and crises, the book recreates the pathology of one Flatbush family in the mid-1940s and early 1950s told in the voice of the girl child.


"Merrill Joan Gerber . . . demonstrates a remarkable talent for delineating personality, not only of Issa but of all others who interact with her. Her characters have definitive qualities that make them credible, a tribute to her capacity to present the people of her creation, undoubtedly using elements from her own life experiences.” —The Jewish Week

"Merrill Joan Gerber’s superb evocation of an anguished child’s faltering steps toward consciousness . . . Gerber has written often—and grippingly—of tormented families . . . but never as daringly as here: Issa is just 3 years old, ‘hardly a person yet,’ when she begins her 10-year chronicle of violent conflicts and crises. The passions propelling this compact, eloquent novel are virulent, reaching back into the past and shadowing the future.” —The Los Angeles Times

"The Kingdom of Brooklyn offers a rare look into a unique time, place, and culture.” —Belles Lettres

“In this brutally candid, semi-autobiographical novel, Gerber again (as in King of the World) corrosively delineates the heinous abuses inflicted in the name of love, and a victim’s ambivalence toward her abuser . . . Her wry purity of style packs psychological dynamite.” —Publisher's 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.