The Pinch

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Price
$16.00
Publisher
Graywolf Press
Publish Date
Pages
368
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781555977528
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About the Author

Steve Stern is the author of several novels and collections of stories, including The Book of Mischief, The Frozen Rabbi, and The Wedding Jester, for which he won the National Jewish Book Award. He teaches at Skidmore College in upstate New York.

Reviews

"The Pinch"-for many years in the early 20th century a predominantly Jewish section of Memphis-has found its Whitman and its Faulkner in Stern, who's written a stylistically effusive, verbally extravagant novel. . . . Audacious, hilarious, unabashed fiction. "Kirkus Reviews on The Pinch"

Stern's stories are suffused with nostalgia for this lost world . . . Nothing goes unobserved. "The New York Times Book Review on The Book of Mischief"

Filled with pathos and humor . . . At its most poignant, Stern's writing . . . peels away at the membranes that divide the present from the past. "The New Republic on The Book of Mischief"

[A] wonderfully entertaining, inventive new novel . . . Laugh-out-loud funny, the sort of humor that takes you by surprise. "NPR on The Frozen Rabbi"

Packed to bursting with epic adventure and hysterical comedy, with grim poignancy and pointed satire . . . Stern embraces every outrageous possibility, in lush, cartwheeling sentences. "The Washington Post Book World on The Frozen Rabbi""

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Stern s gift, seen stronger here than ever before, gives us a weird, wacky, mythologized Memphis. . . . In a pinch about how to live best? A reading of this celebratory novel, or others like it, might serve to put life and time in perspective. Want to try it? Just turn on the Klezmer music and turn the pages: It s work, it s pleasure, it s magic. Alan Cheuse, NPR

There s nothing Stern can t imagine. In these pages, blacks, hippies, Jews, Irishmen and Siberian lepers speak with enchanting veracity. . . . The prose can be breathtaking. . . . Above all, Stern is so funny.
"The New York Times Book Review"

Brimming with wondrous surprises. . . . There s magic in "The Pinch "and plenty of it. "The Boston Globe"

Call [Stern] the Bard of Jewish Memphis. . . . Stern s powers of invention are endless, and the yarns that comprise his history of the Pinch are by turns charming, amusing, touching, devastating.
"The Jewish Week"

Weird and wonderful. . . . [The Pinch is] a backdrop to Stern s poignant and antic drama, a playground on which his exuberant, larger-than-life characters can run wild. . . . "The Pinch "is composed of . . . perfectly calibrated moments, all of which pulse with a dynamic inventiveness. "Star Tribune" (Minneapolis)

"The Pinch" for many years in the early 20th century a predominantly Jewish section of Memphis has found its Whitman and its Faulkner in Stern, who s written a stylistically effusive, verbally extravagant novel. . . . Audacious, hilarious, unabashed fiction. "Kirkus," starred review

Steve Stern is one of the best American fiction writers you ve never heard of. "Outcryer"

An impressive literary conjurer, Stern twists and turns his story every which way. It dazzles as it befuddles, keeping readers off-balance in this multilayered, Alice in Wonderland history of families and the Pinch. . . . Richly rewarding. "Shelf Awareness"

For this gifted author . . . there are plenty of stylistic markers: convoluted but masterly storytelling, eye for the tiniest but telling detail, raucous good humor, and an imagination often spilling over into mysticism. All of that in addition to the resilience of a people, which Stern captures down and across the ages. "Memphis Flyer"

Crafted to blur the boundaries between what s real and what s not, this fascinating tale depicts a fanciful past that s both weird and enchanting. "Foreword Reviews"

Dazzling. . . . "The Pinch" is a rich, stylistically virtuosic, often riotously funny tribute to the history of the Jews in the twentieth-century American South. And, as in Faulkner s Yoknapatawpha, there are strong hints in Steve Stern s Pinch of something universal and transcendent. "Chapter 16"

Stern s rich and rampant imagination seeps into every page. . . . Will provoke thought long after the final page "Publishers Weekly""

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Stern s gift, seen stronger here than ever before, gives us a weird, wacky, mythologized Memphis. . . . In a pinch about how to live best? A reading of this celebratory novel, or others like it, might serve to put life and time in perspective. Want to try it? Just turn on the Klezmer music and turn the pages: It s work, it s pleasure, it s magic. Alan Cheuse, NPR

There s nothing Stern can t imagine. In these pages, blacks, hippies, Jews, Irishmen and Siberian lepers speak with enchanting veracity. . . . The prose can be breathtaking. . . . Above all, Stern is so funny.
The New York Times Book Review

Brimming with wondrous surprises. . . . There s magic in The Pinch and plenty of it. The Boston Globe

Call [Stern] the Bard of Jewish Memphis. . . . Stern s powers of invention are endless, and the yarns that comprise his history of the Pinch are by turns charming, amusing, touching, devastating.
The Jewish Week

Weird and wonderful. . . . [The Pinch is] a backdrop to Stern s poignant and antic drama, a playground on which his exuberant, larger-than-life characters can run wild. . . . The Pinch is composed of . . . perfectly calibrated moments, all of which pulse with a dynamic inventiveness. Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

The Pinch for many years in the early 20th century a predominantly Jewish section of Memphis has found its Whitman and its Faulkner in Stern, who s written a stylistically effusive, verbally extravagant novel. . . . Audacious, hilarious, unabashed fiction. Kirkus, starred review

Steve Stern is one of the best American fiction writers you ve never heard of. Outcryer

An impressive literary conjurer, Stern twists and turns his story every which way. It dazzles as it befuddles, keeping readers off-balance in this multilayered, Alice in Wonderland history of families and the Pinch. . . . Richly rewarding. Shelf Awareness

For this gifted author . . . there are plenty of stylistic markers: convoluted but masterly storytelling, eye for the tiniest but telling detail, raucous good humor, and an imagination often spilling over into mysticism. All of that in addition to the resilience of a people, which Stern captures down and across the ages. Memphis Flyer

Crafted to blur the boundaries between what s real and what s not, this fascinating tale depicts a fanciful past that s both weird and enchanting. Foreword Reviews

Dazzling. . . . The Pinch is a rich, stylistically virtuosic, often riotously funny tribute to the history of the Jews in the twentieth-century American South. And, as in Faulkner s Yoknapatawpha, there are strong hints in Steve Stern s Pinch of something universal and transcendent. Chapter 16

Stern s rich and rampant imagination seeps into every page. . . . Will provoke thought long after the final page Publishers Weekly

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"Stern's gift, seen stronger here than ever before, gives us a weird, wacky, mythologized Memphis. . . . In a pinch about how to live best? A reading of this celebratory novel, or others like it, might serve to put life and time in perspective. Want to try it? Just turn on the Klezmer music and turn the pages: It's work, it's pleasure, it's magic."--Alan Cheuse, NPR

"There's nothing Stern can't imagine. In these pages, blacks, hippies, Jews, Irishmen and Siberian lepers speak with enchanting veracity. . . . The prose can be breathtaking. . . . Above all, Stern is so funny."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Brimming with wondrous surprises. . . . There's magic in The Pinch and plenty of it."--The Boston Globe

"Call [Stern] the Bard of Jewish Memphis. . . . Stern's powers of invention are endless, and the yarns that comprise his 'history' of the Pinch are by turns charming, amusing, touching, devastating."
--The Jewish Week

"Weird and wonderful. . . . [The Pinch is] a backdrop to Stern's poignant and antic drama, a playground on which his exuberant, larger-than-life characters can run wild. . . . The Pinch is composed of . . . perfectly calibrated moments, all of which pulse with a dynamic inventiveness."--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"The Pinch--for many years in the early 20th century a predominantly Jewish section of Memphis--has found its Whitman and its Faulkner in Stern, who's written a stylistically effusive, verbally extravagant novel. . . . Audacious, hilarious, unabashed fiction."--Kirkus, starred review

"Steve Stern is one of the best American fiction writers you've never heard of."--Outcryer

"An impressive literary conjurer, Stern twists and turns his story every which way. It dazzles as it befuddles, keeping readers off-balance in this multilayered, Alice in Wonderland history of families and the Pinch. . . . Richly rewarding."--Shelf Awareness

"For this gifted author . . . there are plenty of stylistic markers: convoluted but masterly storytelling, eye for the tiniest but telling detail, raucous good humor, and an imagination often spilling over into mysticism. All of that in addition to the resilience of a people, which Stern captures down and across the ages."--Memphis Flyer

"Crafted to blur the boundaries between what's real and what's not, this fascinating tale depicts a fanciful past that's both weird and enchanting."--Foreword Reviews

"Dazzling. . . . The Pinch is a rich, stylistically virtuosic, often riotously funny tribute to the history of the Jews in the twentieth-century American South. And, as in Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha, there are strong hints in Steve Stern's Pinch of something universal and transcendent."--Chapter 16

"Stern's rich and rampant imagination seeps into every page. . . . Will provoke thought long after the final page--Publishers Weekly