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A BIRD IN THE HAND—Stories Sweet and Suspenseful:
“The Parrot,” by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
“Miss Esther’s Guest,” by Sarah Orne Jewett
Michèle LaRue returns to SoNo Branch Library—via Zoom—to celebrate summer with two of her vintage American TALES WELL TOLD. Throughout COVID, Michèle has adapted her unique touring presentations to the screen. Authors Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Sarah Orne Jewett wrote scores of stories about the small-town and country people they knew and observed so well. In “The Parrot,” a disillusioned spinster is avenged by her feathered friend. In “Miss Esther’s Guest,” an unexpected visitor is surprisingly welcome.
Michèle has performed live at SoNo in Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s The Bedquilt, Elsie Singmaster’s Gettysburg: One Woman's War, and Marie Jenney Howe’s Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire. A Chicago native and longtime resident of New Jersey, Michèle is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. As an editor and writer, she has collaborated on numerous notable theatre publications.
“Miss Esther’s Guest”: Sarah Orne Jewett lived her entire life (1849 – 1909) in South Berwick, Maine. “Miss Esther’s Guest” appeared in her The Country of the Pointed Firs—stories of the inhabitants of the fictional Dunnet Landing, Maine. Published in 1896, that collection remains Jewett’s best-known and “finest” work.
“The Parrot”: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1852 – 1930) lived two-thirds of her life in hardscrabble Randolph, eastern Massachusetts. She was 29, in poor health and straitened circumstances, when her first story was published. Her first collections, A Humble Romance and A New England Nun, established her reputation.
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