The Vinegar Mother

The Vinegar Mother

From The Fallen Curtain

Ruth Rendell


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In this short story from Ruth Rendell’s The Fallen Curtain, an eleven year old girl joins a classmate and her family for a summer in the countryside. But what should be a dream vacation becomes something closer to a nightmare, when a neighbor delivers an unexpected gift—a vinegar mother—that reveals fault lines below the surface of a seemingly happy marriage.

An ominous and unsettling story of trouble in paradise, The Vinegar Mother is an utterly gripping tale from the grande dame of the literary mystery.

A Vintage Short.


Ruth Rendell:
Ruth Rendell is the author of Road Rage, The Keys to the Street, Bloodlines, Simisola, and The Crocodile Bird. She is the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. She is also the recipient of three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America and four Gold Daggers from Great Britain’s Crime Writers Association. In 1997, she was named a life peer in the House of Lords. Ruth Rendell also wrote mysteries under the name of Barbara Vine, of which A Dark Adapted Eye is the most famous. She died in 2015.