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Virtual Read-Aloud: “Ada,” Gertrude Stein

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

Gertrude Stein (1874 – 1946) was an American writer whose works included novels, poetry, and plays. Stein served as host to a Paris salon whose contemporaries included Modernist artists and writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Ezra Pound. In addition to being a celebrated writer and prolific lecturer, Stein was also an avid collector of fine art with an impressive gallery.

Her short story “Ada” is a meandering and thoughtful one, exploring the unspoken desires and fraught decision-making processes that plague each character, no matter how big or how small those desires might be.

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