Susan Marie Molloy

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BOOK REVIEW: The Last Leaf

There was a movie on television I saw when I was small, and the only part that I remember vividly was the scene where a woman opened a large mullion window to a very windy day, and the wall outside was covered in barren ivy branches and a single ivy leaf.

This scene, and the story stuck with me for years, the name not remembered.

Then, last week, I came across a slew of O. Henry stories. Well, lo and behold! There was the story, “The Last Leaf,” the narrative and scenes returning to my mind as I turned each page.

In the late 1800s two women, Johnsy and Sue, share a place in Greenwich Village, and share a bohemian lifestyle, too. It is autumn – cold, wind, and storms bring an illness that sweeps across the village, and it claims Johnsy. She languishes, although Sue tries her best to take care of her. Mister Behrman, an eldery painter who for decades talked about painting a masterpiece but never did, plays a pivotal role in their lives.

“The Last Leaf” is a book that I would recommend. It is witty and has the expected surprise ending for which O. Henry is famous. It can be read in one sitting (35 pages), and it keeps the reader’s interest.

“The Last Leaf”
Author: O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)
Publication date: 1907
Pages: 35

December 20, 2016.
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Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

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