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At the heart of this collection of five short stories and the title vella is the powerful interconnection between parents and children, stalgia and memory, and the collective emotional intimacies and transactions that configure human behavior. An incisive and witty meditation on the disruptions and difficulties of family life, the stories in The Quarry focus on the precariously balanced world of anxious and awkward sons and painfully failed or failing fathers. The title vella sifts through the irreparable moral and psychological confusion brought about by the Holocaust, following two families as they struggle to reconcile themselves to personal disorder and private grief - with illusory platitudes about the redemptive power of suffering. With unerring compassion for conveying emotional revelations and a keen sensitivity to the frailty and malleability of the human spirit, The Quarry lures the reader into confronting the most hidden and disquieting parts of the buried self.
Harvey Grossinger lectures on literature at American University and in the honors program at the University of Maryland. His short stories have been published in the Chicago Tribune, New England Review, Western Humanities Review, Mid-American Review, Ascent, and Antietam Review.