This Week in Night Writers, Lisa is back for her second week. Her book, tentatively titled The Observer, is a collection of stories within a story, in the manner of Canterbury Tales. Through the eyes of Shadow, a fictional elderly woman who has been mute her whole life, we hear a number of true stories drawn from Lisa’s own family lore.
Shadow’s earliest memories are of traveling to America on a ship, during which she lost her parents. She latched onto Holda, following her like a shadow. Lacking any way of knowing this little girl’s name, Holda and her husband Herman call her ‘my little shadow.’ The name sticks.
The family joins a group walking to America.
We hear of Theophil who walks with them, with his cow, Lily, and how he sometimes lets Shadow ride on Lily.