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The Shawl

Fiction: Short Stories
Unabridged   2 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/12/2008

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The Shawl

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Audio CD ISBN:9781598876840
Digital Download ISBN:9781598877120


Winner of the O. Henry Prize.
A short story (“Rosa”) and a novella (“The Shawl”) which together tell an exquisitely powerful and moving tale of the Holocaust.

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Product Description

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.


“Performed by Yelena Schmulenson, whose emotional accuracy eats into your heart.”

“Cynthia Ozick is the most accomplished and graceful literary stylist of our time.”
      —The New York Times

“Brilliant miniatures, rich with passion and compassion.”
      —Philadelphia Inquirer

Author Bio

Long regarded as one of the countrys foremost literary luminaries, CYNTHIA OZICK attracts as much praise for her morally rigorous essays as for her satirically witty fiction. Counted among her impressive works of fiction are The Shawl (1989), which won an O. Henry Prize for both short stories that comprise it. She is a Man Booker International Prize nominee as well as a National Book Critics Circle Award winner.

Ozick was born and raised in Brooklyn, graduated from New York University, and regularly writes for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and the New York Times Book Review.