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Strings Attached: One tough teacher and the gift of great expectations

May 26, 2014

If they could have seen their futures from childhood, Melanie Kupchinsky and Joanne Lipman might well have wondered how they might bear the worst of what fate had in store.

Melanie, the daughter of two musical parents, would know tragedy from an early age. Her mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis before Melanie, the eldest of two girls, was five. Virtually housebound, Jean Kupchynsky was unable to attend her daughters’ music recitals and performances, and was often hospitalized for long periods of time. Years later, the mysterious disappearance of Melanie’s sister, Stephanie, at the age of 27, left a void in the small and already splintered family. It would be seven long years of not knowing before Stephanie’s fate was resolved, confirming a tragic end to a talented young life.

Joanne would one day flee the basement of the World Trade Centre and watch the towers collapse from a few blocks away. Later, as a working mother, treatment for breast cancer would sap her…
May 1, 2014 Congratulations to Jhumpa Lahiri and all the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2014 finalists!
"After she became a mother she told Subhash it made her love him more, knowing what he'd done."--from "The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri
— Victoria Miles (@victorianunuk) February 15, 2014