The first day after his death she folded up her mirrors put a slipcover on the spider web then tied up the bed which was flapping its wings to take off The second day after his death she filled up her pockets with wood chips threw salt over the shoulder of her house and went off with a tree under each arm
Vénus Khoury-Ghata is a Lebanese writer and the author of many books, including Nettles (Graywolf Press, 2008), A House at the Edge of Tears (Graywolf Press, 2005), and She Says (Graywolf Press, 2003). Her honors include the Grand Prix de la Société des gens de lettres for Fables pour un people d’argile, the Prix Apollinaire, and the Prix Mallarmé, and she was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2000. Her work has been translated into several languages. She lives in Paris.