Friday, June 14, 2013

The Bread Wife, Part 4

Here it is! The last, and longest section of The Bread Wife. For anyone who hasn't been following the story, here are links to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

And there you have it! Thanks to everyone who read along with this little serialized short story experiment, and I hope you enjoyed following along. Feel free to post thoughts and reflections in the comments section below! I plan to make a free printable pdf version available here soon.

A final short note: The bakery in this story, as well as the baker and his daughter, are loosely inspired by a little bakery in Pontremoli called "Forno Tarantola" (yeah, I'm pretty sure that's "Tarantula Bakery") which is run by a very tough, lovely baker girl named Chiara. Chiara is not only a baker, but a power lifter. Somehow it all just fits.

Finally, my own "bread wife" (pictured below, and also very tough). Anna bakes several loaves a week. Some we eat and some goes out in trade for milk or produce. It's all pretty wonderful and inspiring and ...aromatic.