“The month of January. Night time. North wind blowing. The fire in the hearth was going
out.” This is where Alexandros Papadiamantis’s The Murderess begins—in
cramped, dark quarters on a dirtpoor island in the Aegean Sea. A man snores, a sleepless woman tosses
and turns, a baby coughs and cries. It is a hundred years ago, but it could be anytime, and it goes on.
Hadoula, a woman of sixty or so, an old witch her neighbors say, is trying to rock the baby, her granddaughter,
to sleep, even as she gives way to “bitter wandering thoughts.” All her life Hadoula
has shown herself to be a clever, industrious, tough woman, and yet now it strikes her:
We are pleased to announce the newest title in The New York Review Children’s Collection,
a lost classic that will appeal to both children and adults: Three Ladies Beside the Sea
by Rhoda Levine, with color drawings by the inimitable Edward Gorey. For a limited time, we are pleased
to offer Three Ladies Beside the Sea, along with a few other favorite picture books, at 30%
off the cover price.