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Also, too religious-sounding for Tillie Olsen, whose character in “Tell Me a Riddle” insisted her hospital chart read Race: Human, Religion: None. “I Stand Here Ironing,” a short story in , to me (and many, many others, I am sure) is the perfect story.
I Stand Here Ironing Tillie Olsen
The stories are narrated by the brother in “Sonny Blues” and mother “I Stand Here Ironing”, therefore the story are only told through the point of view of the family member.
How she went to Minnesota after a bout of tuberculosis and began writing , how she had a child at nineteen, how her story, “The Iron Throat” published in (1934) brought her national attention and a book contract, how she left her daughter with relatives to write in California, then reunited with her daughter, moved to San Francisco where she wrote “The Strike,” an early example of reportage about the Longshoreman’s strike that ended in a Bloody Thursday massacre, and how she met and married longshoreman Jack Olsen and had three more children.