The Shawl

The Shawl

By Cynthia Ozick; Yelena Shmulenson (Read by)

Highbridge Company, Compact Disc, 9781598876840, 2pp.

Publication Date: November 12, 2008

Two award-winning works of fiction by one of America's finest writers, together in one collection.
In "The Shawl," a woman named Rosa Lublin watches a concentration camp guard murder her daughter. In "Rosa," that same woman appears 30 years later, "a mad woman and a scavenger" in a Miami hotel. She has no life in the present because her past will never end. In both stories, there is a shawl a shawl that can sustain a starving child, inadvertently destroy her, or magically conjure her back to life.
Both stories were originally published in the "New Yorker" in the 1980s; each was included in the annual Best American Short Stories and awarded First Prize in the annual O. Henry Prize Stories collection. Each succeeds in imagining the unimaginable: the horror of the Holocaust and the unfillable emptiness of its aftermath. Fiercely immediate, complex, and unforgettable, each is a masterwork by a writer the "New York Times" hailed as "the most accomplished and graceful literary stylist of our time.

About the Author
Author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, CYNTHIA OZICK is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. Her writing has appeared in The New Republic, Harper's, and elsewhere. She lives in New York.

Yelena Shmulenson emigrated to the United States with her family in 1993 from Ukraine. Her theater credits include five seasons with the Folksbiene, two seasons at the Ellis Island Theatre, "Enemies: A Love Story in Russian", and "The Essence: A Yiddish Theater Dim Sum". On film, she can be seen in "The Good Shepherd", "Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish", "Fire at the Triangle", and "A Serious Man". She has recorded several audio books, winning an Earphones Award for "Train to Trieste", Cynthia Ozick s "The Shawl", and "Rosa".