From the Cradle


  • First publication
    • Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores, edited by Greg Ketter, 2002
  • Wolfe collection(s)

Wolfe's comments from the Introduction to Starwater Strains

"From the Cradle" is one of my favorites. Greg Ketter owns Dreamhaven, a wonderful bookstore in Minneapolis. He wanted to do a book of stories lain in bookstores, one of the best anthology ideas ever. I was eager to get into his book, and did.


A young man working in a bookstore reads several stories from a mysterious book left on consignment there, and it changes his life.


  • Sources of quotes
  • Meanings of names
  • References to other works
  • Theories about what happens under the surface, what the narrator isn't telling us, who the narrator is and when and why s/he is telling the story, what the whole thing "means," etc.
    If there are multiple or competing theories, each one should be given a name with a three-bang (!!!) header; if the page begins to get out-of-hand from the size of these, as could happen in a few cases, they should be shuffled off to their own page(s).
  • Etc.

Unresolved Questions

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