AN ABSORBING ERRAND
MY FATHER IS A BOOK
"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
"Beautiful… a profound portrait of a loving father."
"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 [Malamud]."
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
"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."