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There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
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Dec 04, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction
Read in December, 2009

Sometimes there's those meals that you just wolf down. The eating only takes minutes, but the digestion lasts hours. That is the analogy I would draw with this book. A slim book at just a tad over 200 pages, these dark stories will be read quickly, but you will find yourself deciphering meaning and decoding symbolism well after the story is done. Although many begin with "Once upon a time," these aren't your typical fairy tales. Except for Marilena's Secret there isn't even a story that you could say has a happy ending. Many are left open ended, giving the reader a pause to think about how the rest of the story could play out. The mystery of the stories is part of the appeal. Do yourself a favor and put a couple of hours aside and read these stories.
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