The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories - Chopin in Winter by Stuart Dybek Summary & Analysis

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Chopin in Winter by Stuart Dybek Summary

In Chopin in Winter, Dybek tells the story of two characters, Dzia-Dzia and Marcy, who move into the narrator's apartment building. Dzia-Dzia is the child's grandfather, and Marcy is the single, pregnant daughter of the woman upstairs. Dzia-Dzia tells a lot of stories, and the whole family talks about his history, how he used to desert the family time and again. Marcy starts to play Chopin on the piano upstairs, and Dzia-Dzia starts to quiz the narrator about the exact titles of the songs that she is playing. At first, the boy knows nothing, but he starts to learn. Dzia-Dzia tells him stories about the composer, at the same time as he starts to lose his hearing. Meanwhile, every night, the narrator's mother cries over he death of his father. Marcy disappears and her mother goes to...

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