Book List in Order: 20 titles


  • 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 ...



  • In this powerful love story that takes place on a Turkish sailing vessel, Lily, a professor at a Florida college, finds herself required to be the companion of her newly widowed mother as they take a cruise along the Turkish coastline on a small sail...



  • Based on a true story, this shattering novel about the abuse of a wife and child will stick with the reader long after they turn the last page. Merrill Joan Gerber reveals the love affair of Ginny and her sensitive but horribly destructive lover, Mic...



  • Glimmering Girls tells the story of three extraordinary American women during a time of sexual and cultural repression. Francie and her friends Liz and Amanda are college students, coming of age intellectually, emotionally, and physically in a setti...



  • "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... it''s an amazing piece of writing.""-Cynthia OzickI...



  • Now Molly Knows is a novel about a singular girl’s most womanly experience. A novel whose truth crosses the lines of time and sex. A novel of pain beauty and promises.   This is a novel about a girl’s sexual discovery in America of the ’50s ...






  • This is the poignant story of a loving, gentle man, "antique" by virtue, "an antique man" by profession. It is the story of his lingering death, of his transcendent courage, of the agony and solitude of those who must watch-his wife and two daug...







  • ""Once her dying got underway, Anna could not really complain about the way the process moved along." So begins this deftly amusing, wryly perceptive look at the dying of a feisty, funny ninety-year old woman. During the four days between her dea"...



  • In The Victory Gardens of Brooklyn, Merrill Joan Gerber, so often applauded for her pure and natural prose, illuminates the sorrows and triumphs of three generations of sisters from an American Jewish family. Rachel and Rose, who come to America from...



  • Glimmering Girls tells the story of three extraordinary American women during a time of sexual and cultural repression. Francie and her friends Liz and Amanda are college students, coming of age intellectually, emotionally, and physically in a setti...



  • Merrill Joan Gerber holds the record of having sold more short stories to Redbook magazine than any other writer. This selection of twenty-five linked tales, published in Redbook from 1964 to 1991, chronicles the passionate, domestic adventures o...



  • In this brutally candid, semiautobiographical 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 ps...



  • A group of connected stories about Anna Goldman, a widowed 80-year-old woman living alone in the Fairfax neighbourhood in Los Angeles and her struggle to maintain her independence, keep her feisty spirit and ward of elderly suitors....



  • Marilyn is unsure of her feelings about Robby--who flies paper airplanes with dirty messages on them, shows off his kissing expertise, and wants to help with her science project--in a story of a girl not quite ready for boys...





  • """Emotionally powerful but never maudlin.""—Library Journal Based on actual events, this shattering novel about wife and child abuse is a work of art that haunts the reader''s memory. Merrill Joan Gerber reveals the love affair of Ginny a...



  • Shy , introspective Faye wears a black feathered jacket despite the summer heat is nick-named ‘Crow’ but the residents of a retirement complex. No one understands Faye’s problem except maybe Gertie. But as Faye, absorbed in her struggle to...







  • Under pressure from her mother to lose weight in an exercise class, a sixteen-year-old Jewish girl rebels and joins a class in belly dancing where she finds independence, romance, and self-confidence--and an intriguing drummer named Sumir....