In Jotunheim, the home of the giants, is Mimir’s well. It bubbles up from deep in the ground, and it feeds Yggdrasil, the world-tree. Mimir, the wise one, the guardian of memory, knows many things. His well is wisdom, and…Read more

Lily pressed her face against the glass and saw the white sand beach and azure Mediterranean, and La Maddalena Archipelago in the distance. The Porto Cervo marina was lined with gleaming yachts, and above her, Sardinia’s green hills were dotted…Read more

In the morning Diner would pull on his boots, saying, ‘Lizzie, put me up some bread and fat bacon.’ He would eat it with the men and he would not taste it unless I put in a handful of pickled…Read more

And so you’ll soon be off, then?’ Mr. Fallowes said, the morning of the day they all went to lie among the tombs, the most glorious day of Hetty’s life. Years ahead, when other days had overtaken it, she still…Read more

Dangerous ideas come to life and spread like sparks on dry twigs. It could have been Lula who thought of it first. Or it could have been Tiny or possibly Johnnie Mae. Somebody said, “Let’s walk on down past there.…Read more

It got worse every weekend. By May her fear of Friday nights was like a wild beast gnawing away inside her. The first Friday afternoon in July was sheer hell.  She was sitting in her office, which was just a…Read more

It was a warm day in mid-June, a day of mild breezes and benevolent sunshine that could almost make Abby forget the freezing temperatures and slanting rain of just a few weeks ago. Everyone had been remarking about the weather;…Read more

As cancer-care coordinator, Kate Littleton delivered bad news for a living. In five years at the job she’d given hundreds of people what was, arguably, the worst news of their lives, and in five years it hadn’t got any easier.…Read more

Behind the locked exam room door I held the phone to my ear with the particular thrill and sense of finishing a job well done. All the planning, all the night shifts and research papers and grueling interviews had finally…Read more