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Due to circumstances beyond my control this past week, including an all day car repair, dental issues and a computer crash, I am posting an excerpt from my working manuscript, As One Must, One Can. While it’s just under a hundred words, it’s not a complete story. In this stage of the book, Havah, who teaches an unheard of girl’s Hebrew class, accompanied by her nephew Lev, is going to check on two of her students who live in McClure Flats which was a Kansas City Slum populated mostly by Russian Jewish immigrants.
Genre: Historical Fiction
(the year is 1908)
Word Count: 97
AS ONE MUST, ONE CAN – EXCERPT
Lev and Havah passed a row of brick hovels with lean-tos serving as porches.
Everywhere she turned she saw unkempt children whose noses leaked slimy trails to their lips.
A woman with pockmarked cheeks and sunken eyes sat beside a shanty, her blouse hanging open so her toddler could suckle from her shriveled breast.
A little girl chased a small animal crying, “Kit-kat! Kit-kat!” in Yiddish.
The creature scurried under Havah’s skirts before disappearing between the cracks of a dilapidated wall. The ground swerved beneath her when she realized it was neither cat nor dog, but a large rat.