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The fiction of Rachel Ingalls has haunted me for years. The plots are dramatic, even exaggerated, but the books are quiet and short. The language is plain but curious. I've gathered here three works of hers. Two of these are frightening and one less so, although I sometimes change my mind about which one that is. --from the Introduction by Daniel Handler
Daniel Handler assembled this collection from Rachel Ingalls' wide selection of novellas as a perfect introduction to her beguiling talent. I See a Long Journey and On Ice, novellas Mr. Handler considers basically perfect, originally appeared with a third, Blessed Art Thou, a story he considers to be in an entirely different tone. He felt that Friends in the Country from Ms. Ingalls' later collection, The End of Tragedy, was a more natural companion to the two earlier works. The author happily agreed.