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Isaac and the Undertaker's Daughter

4.43  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Fiction. "Can't recall where it was I first came across ISAAC AND THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER and the alliterative no-nonsense monosyllables that gave me the name of its author. Recall only that I straightway made for a typewriter to whip off a love letter. Steve Stern is smart. Steve Stern is eloquent. Steve Stern is knowing. But the best of Steve Stern is the goodly heart ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Lost Roads Publishers
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Mar 07, 2013 Charles rated it liked it
I very moving and enjoyable short collection of stories from a truly excellent writer. Being his first published work, it certainly has some flaws. However, the prose is often beautiful and exhilerating (though sometimes he overdoes it with the adjectives), and his plots, characterizations, settings, and imagery definitely position him as the (welcome) heir to Isaac Singer. All five stories deal with being an alienated outsider and how to rectify that position and find one's place in the world. ...more
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One of my all time favorites. Steve Stern was my favorite writing teacher! Does not disappoint, as I re-read, through the decades.
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Stern was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1947, the son of a grocer. He left Memphis in the 1960s to attend college, then to travel the US and Europe — living, as he told one interviewer, "the wayward life of my generation for about a decade," and ending on a hippie commune in the Ozarks. He went on to study writing in the graduate program at the University of Arkansas, at a time when it included ...more
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