Tell Me a Riddle & Yonnondio

Tell Me a Riddle & Yonnondio - Virago Modern Classics

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'Tillie Olsen's is a unique voice. Few writers have gained such . . . reverence' MARGARET ATWOOD

'Almost unbearable in its harsh poetry and bitter fidelity to lives that are now forgotten' ALICE WALKER

'There's no diminishing its fierce bloody-and-literal-mindedness' KIRKUS REVIEWS

Tillie Olsen carved a permanent place in American literature on the strength of a single book, Tell Me a Riddle in 1962. This collection was widely hailed as a work of genius, in which the voices of ordinary Americans, black and white, male and female, were given their own rhythms and forms of expression.

Yonnondio, Olsen's only novel, was begun during the depression and completed in 1974. It tells the story of the Hollbrooks, an itinerant working-class family in America during the thirties. Brutalised by poverty, they struggle to find a space to breathe, to dream and to create a bettter life for their children. Told in compelling, haunting prose, it is a profound and timeless story of the human will to survive.

Book information

ISBN: 9781844085637
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
Edition: Print-on-demand Edition
DEWEY: 813.54
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 335
Weight: 276g
Height: 203mm
Width: 126mm
Spine width: 28mm