The Moment of Tenderness

The Moment of Tenderness

by Madeleine L'Engle
The Moment of Tenderness

The Moment of Tenderness

by Madeleine L'Engle


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Discover stories that inspire a "great capacity for wonder" (New York Times) from the beloved author of A Wrinkle in Time: named one of the spring's most anticipated books (Good Housekeeping), this collection transcends generational divides to highlight the power of hope and joy.

This powerful collection of short stories traces an emotional arc inspired by Madeleine L'Engle's early life and career, from her lonely childhood in New York to her life as a mother in small-town Connecticut. In a selection of eighteen stories discovered by one of L'Engle's granddaughters, we see how L'Engle's personal experiences and abiding faith informed the creation of her many cherished works.
Some of these stories have never been published; others were refashioned into scenes for her novels and memoirs. Almost all were written in the 1940s and '50s, from Madeleine's college years until just before the publication of A Wrinkle in Time.
From realism to science-fiction to fantasy, there is something for everyone in this magical collection.
Includes a ReadingGroup Guide and Never-before-published story exclusive to the paperback
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Includes a Reading Group Guide.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538717837
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/20/2021
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 138,034
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Madeleine L'Engle published her first novel, The Small Rain, in 1945. Four years later, she published her first children's book, And Both Were Young. Her Newbery-award winning novel A Wrinkle in Time, which was published in 1962, dealt with themes she toyed with in her diaries for years, from personal shortcomings to Einstein's Theory of Relativity. L'Engle wrote fiction and nonfiction for adults, as well as poetry. She died in 2007.

Date of Birth:

January 12, 1918

Date of Death:

September 6, 2007

Place of Birth:

New York, NY

Place of Death:

Litchfield, CT


Smith College, 1941

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

The Birthday 1

Gilberte Must Play Bach 19

The Mountains Shall Stand Forever 29

Summer Camp 42

White in the Moon the Long Road Lies 53

Madame, Or… 62

One Day in Spring 87

Prelude to the First Night Alone 102

Please Wear Your Rubbers 117

A Room in Baltimore 130

Julio at the Party 142

The Foreign Agent 154

The Moment of Tenderness 174

The Foreigners 188

The Fact of the Matter 206

Poor Little Saturday 221

That Which Is Left 242

A Sign for a Sparrow 261

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