Tillie Olsen

Tillie Olsen: Voicing What Was Silenced

Share

Last week, after Jewish writer Tillie Olsen died at the age of 94, I picked up a copy of Tell Me A Riddle, her first collection of short stories published in 1961. Last night I re-read “I Stand Here Ironing,” a story that recounts a poor working woman’s ambivalence about her parenting skills and about her eldest daughter’s future during the Great Depression.

Rising Voices

Poll

Which topics pique your interest on the JWA blog?