But if your tastes gravitate toward gloomier topics, don’t despair. The title does not signify all buttercups and sunbeams and many of the themes center around human frailty, conflict, struggle, and heartache. At least one story is set in a post-apocalyptic world, which will be more familiar to L’Engle’s science fiction aficionados.
Many of these stories were written in the 1940s and 1950s, starting in the author’s college days and ending before the publication of A Wrinkle in Time. So they also chronicle the author’s developing talent and style.
The Moment of Tenderness
by Madeleine L’Engle
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