The Worry Girl
by Andrea Freud Loewenstein
Genre: Autobiographical Fiction; Short Story Collection (Single Author)
Publisher: Firebrand Books
No. of Pages: 164
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With chunks called ‘From The Stories That Came Before’ and pieces named ‘The Grandmothers’ Stories, ‘ this pithy collection – ‘fictional composites of memory, imagination and invention’ – is Rachel Freud’s story of growing up. ‘Look how we make here a nice picnic, a little herring, a little cucumber zalade — come Puppi you’re hungry? ‘ asks Grandmother Oma as she guides Rachel through the photo album. Parents’ stories, school stories, and friendship stories follow, each told in the voice of the teller, mostly Rachel. Her famous great-grandfather, Sigmund Freud, is a distant but important part of family history. So are Nazi Germany, World War II, fascist extermination camps, and American schools. Rachel’s family isn’t rich or poor; Rachel isn’t gorgeous or quick-witted or small. Even worse, she’s afraid of the dark, terrified to be without her mother, and cannot learn to tell time. She’s also a story teller and secret writer. Lucky us.
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