New PDF release: A Single Shard

By Linda Sue Park

Tree-ear, an orphan, lives below a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters’ village famed for soft celadon ware. He has develop into enthusiastic about the potter’s craft; he desires not anything greater than to observe grasp potter Min at paintings, and he goals of constructing a pot of his personal sometime. while Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated–until he reveals stumbling blocks in his course: the backbreaking hard work of digging and hauling clay, Min’s irascible mood, and his personal lack of awareness. yet Tree-ear is set to end up himself–even if it ability taking a protracted, solitary trip walking to offer Min’s paintings within the wish of a royal fee . . . no matter if it capacity arriving on the royal court docket with not anything to teach yet a unmarried celadon shard.

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The pleasure of fleetness seemed, as she had said, divine. Swinging down a long stretch of black ice gave Sears a sense of homecoming. At long last, at the end of a cold, long journey, he was returning to a place where his name was known and loved and lamps burned in the rooms and fires in the hearth. It seemed to Sears that all the skaters moved over the ice with the happy conviction that they were on their way home. Home might be an empty room and an empty bed to many of them, including Sears, but swinging over the black ice convinced Sears that he was on his way home.

Sammy Salazzo ran one of the three barbershops in the village. He was a good man and a good barber but he never seemed to make ends meet. He lived in one of those little houses in Hitching Post Lane, a neighborhood that was once mentioned on Metropolitan television when it was swept by a plague of measles. The occupancy of a house there was signified by the fact that some sort of brazier for cooking meat over coals stood in the backyard. When the brazier went it meant that the family had gone and the house was for sale.

It was her fault that she couldn’t get back to sleep until dawn and when the alarm woke her the next thing she heard was the music of the wind chimes. Betsy was working part time as a file clerk at the Scandinavian Lamp Factory, but when she came home from work and paid off the old lady who sat with Binxie she heard the wind chimes again. She closed the window. She still seemed to hear them and she went upstairs and closed all the windows on that side of the house. It was a warm evening for that time of year and when Henry came home and kissed her he asked why all the windows were shut.

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