Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, now hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews. Each week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book they are reading or that they plan to read soon.A Girl Returned; Donatella Di Pietrantonio
Europa Editions - 2019 - 170 pp
(Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein)
"I was thirteen, yet I didn't know my other mother.
I struggled up the stairs to her apartment with an unwieldy suitcase and a bag of jumbled shoes. On the landing I was greeted by the smell of recent frying and a wait. The door wouldn't open: someone was shaking it wordlessly on the inside and fussing with the lock. I watched a spider wriggle in the empty space, hanging at the end of its thread.
There was a metallic click, and a girl with loose braids that hadn't been done for several days appeared. She was my sister, but I had never seen her. She opened the door wide so I could come in, keeping her sharp eyes on me. We looked like each other then, more than we do as adults."
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