Confession: I had never heard of Tillie Olsen until I bumped into a short story competition with her name attached. Some google followed, in which I found this short story “I stand here ironing”  http://producer.csi.edu/cdraney/2011/278/resources/olsen_ironing.pdf

and I had ordered my own copy of “Tell me a riddle” (for those wondering: I order my books conveniently at a local, independent bookstore – you should, too!).

Despite me knowing you probably would want to read something about the various short stories, the who’s innits, the whatsitabouts and the like I will not.  I will tell you it’s a clear, understated written collection of cristal clear short stories, sweet as lullabies and sharp as knives. Tillie Olsen masterly writes about how it is to love, and how it is to no longer love.

I must not forget to tag this post with “made eyes moist” or something similarly polite to indicate how emotions soared high.

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