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Useful Gifts (paperback)

Useful Gifts (paperback)

University of Georgia Press; Reprint edition (October 1, 2010)


Inter-related stories about a family in New York with deaf parents and hearing children.

Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction

Praise for the book:

  • “A wonderfully evocative debut collection … An understated, pitch-perfect prose style and a view of childhood … as dark and comic as it is moving.” - Voice Literary Supplement
  • “The world of Ruthie Zimmer, youngest child of Jewish deaf parents, is captured with aching authenticity. … The stories are redolent of a New York neighborhood that once was.” - Publishers Weekly
  • “When Ruthie Zimmer translates … the world of the deaf is not at all silent; it’s bursting with life and conversation.” - New York Times Book Review
  • “Glickfeld displays a gift for characterization, particularly when describing the abusive, miserly father whom Ruthie can neither love nor abandon. Stylish nostalgia is tempered with humor and hard-boiled realism.” - Library Journal
  • “Ruthie is the kind of direct yet reflective girl who might have emerged from the pages of J.D. Salinger.” - Boston Woman
  • “Wonderful sad, funny stories about New York street life and growing up in a handicapped family.” - Bloomsbury Review
  • “Deft and darkly funny.” - 7 Days
  • "New in paperback: 11 interrelated stories about the mystery of childhood, from the perspective of a child of profoundly deaf parents living in Manhattan in the 1940s and 1950s. Glickfeld is a Seattle writer and teacher. These stories won the 1989 Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction." - Seattle Times, May 2, 2011

Links to more reviews:

Download the Press Release flyer from University of Georgia Press.

Mines Vaters Liebling

Meines Vaters Liebling

(My Father's Darling, deutsche Übersetzung)

Frankfurt, Germany: Suhrkamp Verlag (Nov. 2008)


This is the German tranlsation of Useful Gifts. Inter-related stories about a family in New York with deaf parents and hearing children.

Please see English version of Useful Gifts below for reviews:

Die Geschichtenerzahler

Die Geschichtenerzähler

(The Storytellers, deutsche Übersetzung)

Frankfurt, Germany: Suhrkamp Verlag (Apr. 2008)


Swimming Toward the Ocean 

Swimming Toward the Ocean

New York: Alfred A. Knopf (Feb. 2001)


Swimming Toward the Ocean


(Swimming Toward the Ocean, deutsche Übersetzung)

Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag (Nov. 2003)

Useful Gifts

Useful Gifts

Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press (1989)


Inter-related stories about a family in New York with deaf parents and hearing children.

  • Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
  • Selected by the New York Public Library as a 1989 Book to Remember
  • Nominated for the Harold U. Ribalow Award for Outstanding Jewish Fiction



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ed. Willa Shalit
see Hyperion's web page for the book

Hyperion, 2006

"What Are You?"

Matzo Balls for Breakfast and Other Memories of Growing Up Jewish
by Alan King and Friends; Foreword by Larry King

Free Press, 2004

"Lurid Tales of a Chocoholic"

Eating Our Hearts Out (anthology)

Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, 1993

"American Sign Language: Help or Handicap to a Writer?"

Croton Review

Croton-on-Hudson, 1988 (winner of Essay Award)

Short Stories - in anthologies

"Talking Mama-Losh’n"

A Day's Pay

Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2020

"Fort Arden"

Down on the Sidewalk

Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2020

"Useful Gifts"

Rituals to Observe

Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2019

"Plastic Flowers"

Her Face in the Mirror, ed. Faye Moskowitz

Boston: Beacon Press, 1994

"What My Mother Knows"

The Flannery O'Connor Award Selected Stories, ed. Charles East

Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press, 1992

"Slice of Life"

American Fiction, ed. Michael C. White and Alan Davis

New York: Birch Lane Press, 1991

"My Father's Darling"

My Father's Daughter, ed. Irene Zahava

Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1990

"Out of the Lion's Belly"

When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple, ed. Sandra Martz

Manhattan Beach: Papier Mâché Press, 1988

Short Stories - in literary magazines


Confrontation, #70/71

Brookville, NY: Long Island University, 2000


Talking River Review

Lewiston: Lewis-Clark State College, Summer 1999

"My Last Table"

Women's Words

Maynard MA: Three Women Press, Winter/Spring 1999

"Pas de Deux"

Kansas Quarterly, Arkansas Review, Vol. 27, No. 2

State University, AR: ASU, 1996

"This Goldeneh Medina"

River Oak Review, #6

Oak Park, IL: River Oak Arts, Spring 1996

"The Other Marilyn"

The Ohio Review, #52

Athens, OH: Ohio University, 1994

"Dancing in the Dark"

Habersham Review, Vol. II, No. 2

Demorest, GA: Piedmont College, 1993

"Intersections, Wanda"

Modern Odysseys

Seattle: ARTP, 1992

"If You Think You're Mrs. Berrigan"


Wichita: The Ancient Mariners, 1992

"This Close"

The Madison Review, Vol. 13, No. 1

Madison: University of Wisconsin—Madison, 1991

"Begin the Beguine"

ERGO!, Vol. 4

Seattle: Bumbershoot Festival, 1989

"What Could Be Missing?"

(reprint) Pandora, #25

Ferndale, MI: 1989

"My Father's Darling"

Crosscurrents, Vol. 8, No. 1

Westlake Village, CA: 1988

"In the Shadow of the Boardwalk"

West Wind Review, 6th Ed.

Ashland: Southern Oregon State College, 1987

"Leila's Revenge"

The Worcester Review, Vol. IX, No. 2

Worcester, MA: Worcester County Poetry Association, 1987

"My Second Favorite"

The William and Mary Review, Vol. 25

Williamsburg, VA: College of William and Mary, 1987

"Peola and Petunia"

Permafrost, #9

Fairbanks: University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Winter, 1986-7

"What Could Be Missing?"

The Gamut, #19

Cleveland: Cleveland University, 1986


"The Challenge of Bureaucracy"

New Plays for Mature Actors, ed. Bonnie L. Vorenberg

ArtAge Publications (orig., Coach House Press, 1987)

Performed by over 200 groups in USA, Canada and Australia.


"On Chagalls’s Green Violinist, I"
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Ekphrasis, Fall/Winter 2018

"Under Overcast Skies, Perpetual Twilight"


Bloomsburg, PA: 1997

"In Quest of Complexity"

Israel Horizons

New York: 1992

"Good for Deaf"


New York: 1991

"On a Friend's Dying of A.L.S."

The Widener Review, 5

Chester, PA: Widener University, 1988


Phoenix, Vol. VII, i

Talequah, OK: Northeastern State University, 1987

"Love Witch"

South Coast Poetry Journal

Fullerton, CA: California State University, Fullerton, 1987


"Who's to Blame?"

a musical-satirical revue performed in Seattle, 1993

"Everyone's Running, Why Not Me?"

a musical-satirical revue performed in Seattle, 1991

"Name of the Game"

screenplay, optioned by Twentieth Century Fox, 1984


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