A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Tillie Olsen is the author of Tell Me a Riddle, a collection of short stories; Yonnondio: From the Thirties, a novel; and Silences, a book of essays on the relationship between circumstances and human creativity. She lives in San Francisco, California.
We were poor and could not afford for her the soil of easy growth. I was a young mother, I was a distracted mother. There were the other children pushing up, demanding.