Raising her daughter in Germany, Pauline feels very much a foreigner in a foreign land. At the moment of a tragic accident, when Pauline needs to communicate the most, words fail her. And yet, she perseveres, forced to rely on her own resources and differences.
The short story collection Poached Egg On Toast showcases Itani’s ability to shine a clear light on what it feels like to be an outsider, displaced and disconnected from the world at hand, and how a single, small moment can cause a seismic shift in our emotional landscape. Wickedly funny and unbearably sad, Itani’s stories leave us with a renewed sense of humanity.
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