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Celia’s Song by Lee Maracle

I read the first chapter of this book three times before I continued into the actual story. It had a very powerful effect upon me although I was at a loss for words to explain what effect that was. I think it had much to do with the very first sentence:

“There is something helpless […]

The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas

“A trail of tiny breadcrumbs led from the kitchen into the bedroom, as far as the spotless sheets where the old woman lay dead, her mouth open. Commissaire Adamsberg looked down at the crumbs in silence, pacing slowly to and fro. and wondering what kind of Tom Thumb – or what ogre in this case […]

The Freedom in American Songs:Stories by Kathleen Winter

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories although I had no idea what to expect. I had read Winters’ novel Annabel and admired it but expected this would be very different. The imagery that opens the first story, A Plume of White Smoke, really got my attention:

“Frost on the kitchen window sparkled against the […]