September 27, 2011-Graywolf Press
"It all started when Mother and I had some decorating to do. That is, I painted the lowest part of the wall, as I was rather lacking in height--it was a struggle--while she stood on a kitchen chair and concentrated on the bit below the ceiling. At that time it actually took several months to finish one wall. But one evening Fru Syversen came round, eyed our handiwork, her arms folded across her ample bosom, and said:
"Why don't you try wallpaper, Gerd?"
Any thoughts on this opening paragraph? (I happen to love children as narrators, and ~ so far so good.)