Novel Firsts—Why I Choose the Books I Read…


Novel Firsts

Read my first “Novel Firsts” post, here…

“Midwives passed their freshborn babies over open hearths to burn off evil spirits and to make their peace with fire. And if they didn’t take the baby to the flames, the flames would take the baby: it happened every winter. A hungry furnace, crouching, till a nailer-mother, parched like kindling paper, leaves the fire unguarded for a second…Then while her back is turned, the furnace springs and snatches up this overreaching bit of boy while his mother screams and throws her bitter at the flames.”

Ruby’s Spoon, Anna Lawrence Pietroni, 

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