Night Flower: Chapter 13, Part II

By Esther Rapaport They had given Dovi a painkiller, but the trauma, confusion, and fear, along with the strange place, didn’t let him fall asleep. Chaiky sat on the blue...

Night Flower: Chapter 13, Part I

By Esther Rapaport “You didn’t finish your compote, Rachel,” Elsie said. Rachel wrinkled her nose. “Compote is such a hospital word,” she said. “In the dorm we don’t usually have dessert...

Night Flower: Chapter 12, Part III

By Esther Rapaport When Vasiliy Antonovich, a writer for the Segodniya newspaper, was assigned to write an exposé about the life of one of the oligarchs of Saint Petersburg, he...

Night Flower: Chapter 12, Part II

By Esther Rapaport Be happy? Chaiky took the tray with the little bowls of salads and dips and walked to the table. She looked at her children. Dovi was sitting...

Night Flower: Chapter 12, Part I

By Esther Rapaport Chaiky’s father-in-law finished singing Shalom Aleichem, made Kiddush, and poured wine into the small cups. “Nu, uh!” her mother-in-law said as she passed the cups. “Yisrael and Yaakov!” she...

Night Flower, Chapter 11, Part III

By Esther Rapaport Chaiky sat down near the bags that she had just put on the floor of the kitchen and wondered tiredly if she’d really intended to cook all...

Night Flower: Chapter 11, Part I

By Esther Rapaport   “Hey, there’s someone new!” Rachel said in surprise and hurried over to the baby’s crib. She put down her large bag on the floor, skirted the intravenous...

Night Flower: Chapter 10, Part III

By Esther Rapaport   “Wow.” “It must have been seriously traumatic for you.” Shifra’s arms were folded. “Yes. I was very confused.” Yoel was still standing near the counter, his cup of coffee resting...

Night Flower: Chapter 10 Part II

  By Esther Rapaport “Ima told me years later,” Chaiky said thoughtfully, “that the aunt’s visits began to take longer each time. She no longer sufficed with standing downstairs near the...

Night Flower: Chapter 10 Part I

  By Esther Rapaport Yoel and Shifra arrived late in the evening for a visit. “Ima isn’t very excited about the idea of someone coming to live with you.” Yoel got right...
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