“Andromeda on the Street of Ducklings” is the short story I was asked to contribute to an anthology called American Girls About Town, published by Simon & Schuster in the U.K. and Downtown Press in the U.S. It’s part of a series that includes Irish Girls about Town, and Scottish Girls….well, you get the idea. Anyway, I’m not much into writing short stories-I never seem able to stop while they’re still short-but it’s for a great cause. A portion of the proceeds go to the Make a Wish Foundation and Barnardo’s, the largest children’s charity in the U.K.—so how could I refuse?
“Andromeda” is the story of a young American woman, alone in the City of Light, learning to cope with an unbearable sadness, and the friendship she strikes up with an older English woman. Of course, there’s the ubiquitous Frenchman lurking in the background…but I don’t want to give too much away.
Before writing BREAD ALONE, I had only written essays, memoirs, and other non-fiction. “Wolfgang and Mildred,” a reminiscence of my piano teachers, appeared in Tiny Lights, A Journal of Personal Essay, and the First Person section of the San Francisco Chronicle.
This piece was originally published in Tiny Lights, A Journal of Personal Essay, as the first place winner in the Spring 2001 essay contest. It subsequently appeared in the March/April 2003 edition of Woman’s Weekly in Great Britain.
“The Other Gold” appeared in the January/February 2003 issue of Woman’s Weekly, a magazine published in the UK.
The inspiration for “Secret Ingredients” was my Gram—my mother’s mother. When I was growing up I used to watch her cook, trying to learn. As it turned out, ingredients were not her only secrets. This story was first published in the U.K in Woman’s Weekly.