The Blackfly Hat

Benia Szewczyk-Lagowska


When she arrives in Quebec from Poland, Benia Szewczyk-Lagowska’s husband gives her an ugly hat with a net veil as protection from black flies. The flies are only the first of the hardships she will face. Eight years later, she studies early childhood education, and the hat has become a symbol of how far she has come.

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