Carol Ascher

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I was born in Cleveland three weeks after my parents arrived as refugees from the Nazi regimes of Central Europe. Our home was bilingual, with German the language of nostalgia, frightening memories, as well as intimacy.

I grew up in Topeka, Kansas, straddling two very different worlds: the Midwestern Christian world of my public school and neighborhood, and the community of Jewish refugees who, like my father, had been hired as psychoanalysts by the Menninger Foundation, one of the early psychoanalytic clinics in America.

My novel, The Flood, describes a ten-year-old whose biographical information is similar to mine, as she comes to understand the nature of prejudice. The novel takes place in Topeka in 1951, the year the Kansas River overfle
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Carol Ascher I don't think I've really ever had it. If I don't know what I should write next, I take a walk or wander around my garden, or just lie on my bed.
Carol Ascher I am most contented alone, working out my own thoughts and creating a world on paper that somehow reflects what I know. Writing is an occupation in…moreI am most contented alone, working out my own thoughts and creating a world on paper that somehow reflects what I know. Writing is an occupation in which one needs to be at ease, and nourished by, being alone.(less)
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The Flood: A Novel

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A Call from Spooner Street

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President Trump hoped to swing the election in favor of Republicans with warnings of an invasion by caravans of Central American immigrants making their way north through Mexico. Though the photos made clear that these were young fathers, mothers and children in strollers, Trump spoke of the criminals and Muslim terrorists hidden among them, as well...

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Found Documents from the life of Nell Johnson Doer is a gorgeous book!--quiet, careful in its detail, as the imagined "author," a childless widow and amateur geologist in the 1850s, would be. Though comprised of letters and diary entries, the novel i ...more
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Found Documents from the life of Nell Johnson Doer is a gorgeous book!--quiet, careful in its detail, as the "author", a young Kansas woman left childless and widowed in the mid 1800s, would be. Written as a diary, with other "found documents" includ ...more
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"Just because I've given up writing biography doesn't mean I don't like to listen to biographers, so last week I went to hear three of them--Judith Thurman, Edmund White, and James Atlas--on a panel called "Biographers' Tales" in New York. One obs..." Read more of this blog post »
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A beautiful classic that retains its freshness

I read this in Kyoto, where the story takes place. Visiting the grounds of the imperial palace made it more real, but the truth is that the world of Gengi in its reverence for the beauty of nature and the
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