by Caraid O

Old World Crashes into New

Reading Kadya Molodowsky’s newly translated collection of stories, A House with Seven Windows, (Syracuse University Press, $19.95) is like spending an afternoon poring over someone else’s photo albums, so vivid and exact are Molodowslcy’s portraits of her contemporaries. She describes an angry housewife as looking like a wet hen shaking water from her feathers, and a panicked father of the bride with a face “like an old, wilted cabbage leaf” Short and to the point, these verbal snapshots focus on events that reveal her characters’ psychological makeup—a marriage breaks up over a fur coat, a groom replaces his bride six weeks before the wedding, a day is ruined over a cold cup of coffee.

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