My Father Is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud

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4.9 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Janna Malamud Smith is the author of An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery; A Potent Spell: Mother Love and the Power of Fear; and Private Matters: In Defense of the Personal Life. Her titles have been New York Times Notable Books and A Potent Spell was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. She has written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Threepenny Review, among other publications. A practicing psychotherapist, she lives with her husband and two children in Massachusetts.


Praise for My Father Is a Book

Janna Malamud Smith penetrates to the soul of a great writer's life and family. . .Malamud is alive in this memoir - and in his daughter's stirring gift. --James Carroll

This book is a must for anyone interested in the work of Bernard Malamud, or, indeed, the writer's life. --Mary Gordon

Courageous. . . intimate. . . Smith is a passionate and uncompromising truth-teller, and it is by telling the truth that she has honored her father and mother as well as her readers. --Jonathan Kirsch, L.A. Times

Keen and nuanced. . . A profound portrait of a loving father, a writer whose struggles with his own frailties fueled enduring works of literature. --Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

My Father Is a Book does what the best reminiscences of artists do: It leads us back to the work. --Edith Pearlman, The Boston Globe

At once loving and lovely, a book worthy of the man. --Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

This beautifully written book should do much to rekindle interest in Malamud's work. --Heller McAlpin, Newsday

Deserving. . . generous-spirited. . . compelling. --Steve Weinberg, San Francisco Chronicle

[Smith] tenderly fills in the missing pieces of a man who exists as much on the page as he does in her memory. --Vogue

Excellent. . .[a traditional] biography would be hard-pressed to match the emotional complexity and intensity that make this memoir hum with energy. --Cleveland Plain Dealer

Moving, unostentatiously eloquent... Analytical without being acrimonious, honest without wallowing in self-preening exposure, this is a wise, generous book full of insights... --Merle Rubin, Christian Science Monitor

Candid yet sensitive. . . exquisitely captures 'the particular psychic pleasure and confusion' of being the daughter of novelist/short-story writer Bernard Malamud. . . The author amply demonstrates that she has inherited her father's unblinking moral scrutiny and sympathy for the yearning heart. --Kirkus Reviews

Smith's own superior writing in My Father Is a Book beautifully evokes her father's spirit and life, proving that talent runs in the family. --Rocky Mountain News