September/October 2003

Girl of Kosovo

Girl of Kosovo by Alice Mead; Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York, 2001; $16 When people thought the Holocaust was over, it wasn’t. For the Jews it may have been over in the 1940s, but for the Albanians it wasn’t over until 1999. Girl of Kosovo is a marvelous book. Beneath the cover unravels a […]

Finders, Keepers

I found the box today. It was on the dust-covered shelf in the new room. While I was searching for one of my many misplaced books, I picked up this plain-looking plastic box to set it out of the way. To my astonishment I discovered it was quite heavy. Placing it on my knee, I […]

Forgotten Words

It was a sultry day in August. Sofia lay on her bed, her eyes closed. She heard Isabela, her sister, playing with her cousins downstairs. Cousin Diego’s radio drowned out baby Ana’s wailing. Quietly, Sofia tiptoed out of the room. She darted down the stairs, through the kitchen, and out the back door, unnoticed. Out […]