Gary Gildner is a nationally recognized poet and writer, whose books
include Somewhere Geese are Flying, Blue Like the
Heavens,The Second Bridge, and The Warsaw Sparks....
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My Grandfather’s Book
Generations of an American Family
My GrandFather's Book was ForeWord
Magazine’s Book of the Year, as well as one of the magazine's
Top Ten University Press Published Books for 2002.
Inspired by Szostak’s love of Conrad, Gildner embarked on a journey
of self discovery that took him from the Tatra Mountains in Eastern
Europe to the Clearwater Mountains in Idaho, finding where the
truth begins in his own life.
On Gary Gildner’s eleventh birthday, his Polish grandfather Steve
Szostak was buried. Just before the undertaker closed the coffin,
Gildner’s grandmother Nelly quietly placed the book she’d found
her husband holding at his death in the casket. “Always this
Korzeniowski—even on his last day—and why?” Nelly asked her
grandson almost two decades later. It was in this moment—discovering
his grandfather’s devotion to Joseph Conrad—that Gildner realized
the man he had followed around on a northern Michigan farm was
someone considerably more.
Michigan & Great Lakes Books
256 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", 2002