New York University
University of Maryland
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At the heart of this collection of five short stories and the title novella is the powerful interconnection between parents and children, nostalgia and memory, and the collective emotional intimacies and transactions that configure human behavior. Incisive and witty meditations 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 novella 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 no 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.
Grossinger graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in 1970. He then obtained his Master of Arts degree from Indiana University—Bloomington in 1975 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from American University in 1990.
Grossinger started his career as an editorial associate at R. R. Bowker Co. in New York City in 1968. In 1972, he started teaching at Indiana University—Bloomington, where he held the position of instructor of English till 1980. Grossinger then became a supervisor and manager at Globe Distributing Co. in Alexandria, but left the company in two years.
Since 1989, Grossinger has been teaching at American University and since 1995, he is also a lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
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Grossinger is a member of the Associated Writing Programs, Washington Writer’s Center and Potomac Valley Swimming Club.
Grossinger married Susan Edlavitch on August 16, 1975. The couple has 2 children: Ruth E. and Rachel.