Monroe Katz Sparring with Rembrandt

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Sparring with Rembrandt

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American literature is rich with stories about gifted young boys who don't fit the mold: Tom Sawyer, Nick Adams, Holden Caulfield, Alex Portnoy and many others. And now Monroe Katz brings us his alter - ego Norman, a troubled boy growing up poor and Jewish in the streets of Brooklyn, New York.
Norman stutters miserably, blinks incessantly, wets his bed, and lives under the constant verbal whipping of his Aunt Manya. To fend off the harsh realities of his world, Norman develops a rich interior life and holds fast to the most cherished lifeline he has: his dreams of becoming an artist. Every day, he draws from memory portraits of family, neighbors and friends - only to have Aunt Manya destroy every one of them. His mother is dead, his father is a deadbeat, and Norman's future looks extremely bleak, until he is visited by a most unusual friend, Rembrandt van Rijn.
This is a novel of heartbreak and challenge, misery and triumph, as Norman takes us along on his journey from Brooklyn to the U.S. naval shipyard in Vallejo California and then the fertile landscapes of the Napa Valley. Rembrandt follows him every step of the way, illuminating Norman's path - and ours as well.

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Monroe Katz brings an unusual background to Sparring with Rembrandt. He was born to a poor Jewish family in Brooklyn and came of age during the agonies of World War II. A troubled youth, Katz stuttered miserably and was constantly teased in the schoolyard; at home, he lived under the rule of a tyrannical aunt. But Katz had a special passion: Art. And as he matured, he found a secret friend and mentor: Rembrandt van Rijn.
Under Rembrandt's nurturing, Katz outgrew his childhood traumas and matured into a man of many callings: painting, sculpture, poetry, playwriting and just for good measure, the art of dentistry. He has achieved distinction in each of his fields. Chapters of Sparring with Rembrandt won first - place prizes in the prestigious Jessamyn West writing competition in Napa, California. One of his paintings, of a pensive young woman, won ""Best of Show" at the Napa Exposition and is central to this novel.
Katz received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and then received his dental degree from the University of Southern California. Though he remains a Brooklyn boy at heart, today Dr. Katz enjoys a satisfying dual existence in Napa, California, working as a dentist by day and following his artistic passions at night - living proof that with talent and hard work, you can have it all.

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Parker's Pen: 'Sparring with Rembrandt' I first met Monroe Katz, author of "Sparring with Rembrandt," at a creative writing class...

--napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/columnists/ev-parker/article_48ac89bc-12fd-11e0-b970-001cc4c002e0.html

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