Saturday, March 24, 2012

Comment of the Week

Each Thursday we ask you a question, and on Saturday we pick the author of our favorite answer to win a prize from THE VAULT as a thank you for participating. 


This week we asked you about books that inspired you when you were a child, and this week's winner told us about a poignant image that has stayed with her for her entire life:


SUZANNE VAN ROOYEN


Here is what she said:


One book in particular stands out. 
It was the story of a little Romanian girl at the time of Ceausescu. I vividly remember the story being called "The Sounds of Silence" but despite my best and desperate efforts I haven't been able to find it, so perhaps I remembered the name wrong - and I can't remember the author. Anyway, in the story the little girl has a birthday and for her birthday her mom places a yellow flower in a vase on the kitchen table and serves her a boiled egg (or some other tasty treat - don't remember the specifics but it was something like an egg or piece of cheese, not a triple stack of toffee waffles with Belgian ice-cream). The girl is delighted and acknowledges what her mom must've sacrificed in order to afford the treat. That's it. When I read that at all of 8yrs old I didn't understand how a flower and egg could be so special (given my privileged upbringing). It really made me stop and think. My first lesson in socio-economic stratification. It also made me want to write stories not just about enchanted forests and unicorns, but about real people living real lives. Perhaps it triggered the dystopian writer in me. Even though I write SF these days, that seemingly mundane scene in that children's book has never left me, always serving as a reminder of how the smallest things can have the most profound meaning. 




Suzanne, e-mail us at yaconfidential [at] gmail [dot] com and let us know which Vault prize you would like!


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