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Old Child & Other Stories, the (2005) [Collection]
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The one novella and four stories in The Old Child go beyond the limits of the expected, the real. Dark, serious, often mystical, these marvelous fictions about women's lives provide glimpses into the minds of outcasts and eccentrics, at the same time bearing out Dostoevsky's comment that hope can be found so long as a man can see even a tiny view of the sky. The parable-like novella "The Old Child" describes a girl's mind as seemingly blank: picked up off the street with no discoverable past, she is taken to a children's home where she discovers she can "succeed by her silence." Another story, "In the Penumbra of My Skull," tells of a girl lying sick in a room covered with rugs and tended by her lover's wife." In "Hale and Hallowed," a woman pays a surprise nighttime visit to the woman with whom she shared a hospital room when their two sons were born.


  • The Story of the Old Child
  • The Sun-Flecked Shadows of My Skull
  • Sand
  • Hale and Hallowed
  • Siberia
  • Light a Fire or Leave

Original title: The Old Child & Other Stories
Original languages: German


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

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Edition #1: The Old Child & Other Stories

The Old Child & Other Stories (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Susan Bernofsky
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The Old Child & Other Stories (2005)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: New Directions
ISBN: 081121608X
Dimensions: x x
Pages: 128

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