Ann Birstein

The Sweet Birds of Gorham

Daisy was used to attention and admiration until she came to Gorham, an exclusive women's college, to teach English. At first they ignored her, but soon the faculty wives were treating Daisy with the caution accorded to a sleeping cobra. For Daisy had decided she was going to have the man they treasured most--George Auerbach, Gorham's renown Poet-in-Residence.

"I have read The Sweet Birds of Gorham with really great pleasure. It is a novel about academic life without a touch of solemnity in its handling of its sometimes solemn characters. Indeed, it is high comedy, but with touches of blackness and at the same time its own kind of pathos. Daisy Lerner is an adorable heroine." --Mark Schorer

"A delightfully original, touching, funny, gifted novel that I like particularly." --Francis Steegmuller

"...touches on and touches off faculty life in an efforless and funny fashion." --Virginia Kirkus' Service

"What a joy it is to read Ann Birstein. The Sweet Birds of Gorham is so sharp, swift, and funny that one is in danger of forgetting how right an eye Miss Birstein has, and how well-tuned an ear." --Jules Feiffer

Selected Works

It's the mid-1970's, a time of political and social turmoil. Watergate is on everybody's mind, and the women's movement is the subject of much contention.
"Ann Birstein writes with such fluidity that her novel seems to end only moments after it has begun." --New York Times
"A delicious, readable memoir about the fortunes of a beautiful, intelligent woman in an era when beautiful, intelligent women had no rights." --Erica Jong
"A delightful biography of the author's father." --The New Yorker