The Grandmothers' Club

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Southern Methodist University Press, 1994 - Fiction - 333 pages
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This book gives a whole new meaning to the the word "yenta". In Alan Cheuse's novel, the narrator, Mrs. Minnie Bloch (and, oh, does he do her voice well!) airs the dirty laundry of her family to a ... Read full review

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This story unfolds in an unbroken narrative made up of a series of conversations between an old Jewish grandmother and an assortment of women with whom she shares her stories. It begins with the ... Read full review


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Nicholas Delbanco Nick Delbanco is the Robert Frost DistinguAlan Cheuse Alan Cheuse has been reviewing books on All Thinished University Professor of English Language and Literaturgs Considered since the 1980s.

Formally trained as ae at the University of Michigan, where he formerly directed literary scholar, Alan also writes fiction and novels and pthe prestigious Hopwood Awards Program in creative writing aublishes short stories. He is the author of three novels, twnd where the Delbanco Prize was established in his honor foro collections of short fiction, and the memoir Fall out of H students who need financial assistance to attend the Hopwooeaven. With Caroline Marshall, he has edited two volumes of d Program (only 25 students are admitted each year). He is ashort stories. Alan's short fiction has appeared in publicatlso a co-founder (together with the late John Gardner) of thions such as The New Yorker, The Antioch Review, Ploughsharee Bennington Writing Workshops

As the Delbanco Prizes, and Another Chicago Magazine. His most recent collection implies, Nick is a beloved teacher and through his teachingof his short fiction was published in September 1998 and his has been in the thick of the modern literary scene. His stu essay collection, Listening to the Page, appeared in 2001.
Alan splits his time between the two coasts, spendin his eagerness to devour a new work, and his ability to homeg nine months of the year in Washington, D.C., where he teac in on its weaknesses. Richard Tillinghast, a poet and collehes writing at George Mason University. His summers are spenague at Michigan, said of Nick, "When you have someone with t in Santa Cruz, Calif. teaching writing at the Squaw Valleyan eye and ear like Nick's, you can really learn a lot about Community of Writers. Cheuse earned his Ph.D. in comparativ what talents you have and how to use them."

Describe literature with a focus on Latin American literature from ing Nick's teaching style, the New York Times said, "Mr. DelRutgers University in 1974.

"The greatest challengebanco delights in horrifying his students by urging them to of this work [at NPR]," he says, "is to make each two-minutimitate rather than innovate. He tells them that imitation ie review as fresh and interesting as you can while trying tos the surest route to originality and warns against self-exp focus on the essence of the book itself." ression, self-discovery." His students also talk of his sociability (he loves a good story, to tell it and to hear it), his honesty, and his devotion to his students. One student said, "He gave me confidence when I had no confidence. He's also very blunt and honest. He has no problem tossing your manuscript back at you and saying, 'This stinks.' He would dismantle me and then take me into his office and tell me I could be a writer."

Nick has won several awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two Writer's Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of twenty-four books of fiction and non-fiction, a frequent contributor to Harper's, and often seen in the New York Times. Some have called him a "writer's writer" --to which he replies "it's hard to see it as an insult at all. The worst you could say is that it's a kind way of saying nobody buys your books." He has written a previous McGraw-Hill text, The Sincerest Form: Writing Fiction through Imitation. His most recent novel is The Count of Concord, a work of historical fiction that tells the tale of Count Rumford: inventor of the coffeepot, philosopher, and spy (among other things). The Chicago Sun says, "Novelist Nicholas Delbanco has done us a great service by rescuing Rumford from obscurity...In 'The Count of Concord' we see a veteran novelist working at the height of his powers.

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