The young girl lived in a big stone house with ivy-covered walls and with old men and women who were all her kin.
When she was a very tiny little girl, she remembered adult faces looking down at her as she lay in her crib, warm wrinkle-framed eyes of tired aunts and grandmothers and cousins and second cousins and great-aunts and uncles-twice-removed and great-great-grandfathers, and even creatures so old and wrinkled and small that she mistook them for dolls until they moved and she saw instead that they were ancient kindly goblins and gnomes with white cobwebs for hair and eyebrows....
So begins a mysterious short story of a peculiar little girl growing up in a very strange house filled with antiquity and dark wonder.
Hold on to your heart.
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About the Author
Vera made her novelist debut with the critically acclaimed DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE, followed by LORDS OF RAINBOW. Her novella The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass made the 2005 Locus Recommended Reading List. Her debut collection SALT OF THE AIR contains the 2007 Nebula Award-nominated “The Story of Love.” Recent work includes the 2008 Nebula Finalist novella The Duke in His Castle, science fiction collection AFTER THE SUNDIAL (2010), and three Jane Austen parodies, MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES (2009), NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS (2010), and PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: Mr. Darcy’s Dreadful Secret (forthcoming), all part of her Supernatural Jane Austen Series.
After many years in Los Angeles, Vera now lives in a small town in Vermont. She uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.
In addition to being a writer, philosopher, and award-winning artist, she is also the publisher of Norilana Books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Brought tears to my eyes. Identified quite strongly at several points.
From line one you are drawn into a strange and compelling world filled with love, compassion, and heartbreak. The language draws you in and I doubt if you will notice how much time passes until you reach the last word.
Short story that had alot of mundane details. No story line that was worth following and an ending that left the whole book a mystery. Basically there was no end to the story. I rarely give a bsd review but this was a waste of time and money. Only gave it a star because you cant choose zero stars.