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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,202 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Ozick Narrator: Yelena Shmulenson Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At once fiercely immediate and complex in their implications, “The Shawl” and “Rosa” succeed in imagining the unimaginable: the horror of the Holocaust and the emptiness of its aftermath. They were written in 1977 but were first published in the early 1980s in The New Yorker. Both “The Shawl” and “Rosa” won first prize in the O. Henry Prize Stories and were chosen for Best American Short Stories.

In “The Shawl,” a woman named Rosa Lublin watches a concentration camp guard murder her daughter. In “Rosa,” that same woman appears thirty years later, “a madwoman and a scavenger” in a Miami hotel. And in both stories there is a shawl—a shawl that can sustain a starving child or inadvertently destroy her, or even magically conjure her back to life.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brett | 2/19/2014

    " this is the first work of ozick's that i've read and i was impressed with her knack for character. i wish it wouldn't have ended so soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paul Jellinek | 2/13/2014

    " An extraordinary little book about the power of love in the face of unimaginable evil. Writing like this is the reason that I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Meg | 2/11/2014

    " The two short stories in this book complement each other nicely and, told in prose filled to the brim with emotion, are a moving testament to the destructive power of the Holocaust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mikki | 2/4/2014

    " This book, within the first ten pages, manages to accomplish what other authors often fail to achieve in three to four hundred. Cynthia Ozick captures the reader immediately with her intimate tone as she lovingly speaks of the infant -- swaddled in a shawl -- that she carries while walking with a companion down a seemingly endless road. A road leading to a concentration camp. The book refrains from going into detail of the Holocaust, its Soldiers and descriptions of horrid treatment endured by millions and instead, focuses on this small band of three as they make their way. It is a story of a mother's love and decisions made. It is a haunting story which will remain with you long after you've closed its pages. "

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About the Author
Author Cynthia Ozick

Cynthia Ozick is the author of numerous acclaimed works. She is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize. Her stories have won four O. Henry first prizes.