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Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00 PM


Seminary Co-op Bookstore


Free and open to the public


Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


"This is the best novel about divorce and the anguish of a lost family that I have ever read." — Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of History of Religions, University of Chicago

Wendy Doniger, Alane Rollings, and Richard Strier discuss Richard Stern's Other Men's Daughters.

At the Co-op

About the book: “Until the day of Merriwether’s departure from the house—a month after his divorce—the Merriwether family looked like an ideally tranquil one” we read on the first page of "Other Men’s Daughters." It is the late 1960s, and the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, are full of long-haired hippies decked out in colorful garb, but Dr. Robert Merriwether, who teaches at Harvard and has been married for a good long time, hardly takes note. Learned, curious, thoughtful, and a creature of habit, Merriwether is anything but an impulsive man, and yet over the summer, while Sarah, his wife, is away on vacation, he meets a summer student, Cynthia Ryder, and before long the two have fallen into bed and in love. Richard Stern’s novel is an elegant and unnerving examination of just how cold and destructive a thing love, “the origin of so much story and disorder,” can be.

Richard Stern (1928–2013) was the author of more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, and was best known for "Other Men’s Daughters." His other works include the novels "Stitch and Natural Shocks"; the short-story collections "Packages," "Noble Rot," and "Almonds to Zhoof"; a collection of essays, "The Books in Fred Hampton’s Apartment"; and a memoir, "A Sistermony." He taught literature and creative writing at the University of Chicago from 1955 until he retired in 2001.

Wendy Doniger is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago and the author of "The Hindus: An Alternative History," "On Hinduism," and, most recently, the volume on Hinduism in The Norton Anthology of World Religions.

Alane Rollings attended Bryn Mawr College and the University of Chicago. She is the author of five books of poetry, including "The Logic of Opposites," "The Struggle to Adore," and "Transparent Landscapes."

Richard Strier is the Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English and in the College at the University of Chicago. He has coedited several interdisciplinary essay collections and is the author of many articles and two books, "Resistant Structures: Particularity, Radicalism, and Renaissance Texts," and "Love Known: Theology and Experience in George Herbert’s Poetry."