Thin as Silk

Tanya Andrenyuk


Trying to survive and help her paralyzed grandmother, Tanya’s mother worked hard growing up, cultivating millions of silkworms. She took care of them and then delivered her creatures to the factory to make her first earnings. When Tanya was nine, her mother left wearing black shoes and said she would be gone a month. She was gone twelve years, emigrating from Ukraine first to England and then to Canada, abandoning her children. But a thin silk thread joining their lives is not broken. After twelve years of separation, Tanya is united with her mother again in Canada, although their intimacy seems to have been lost forever.

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