Joachim Heijndermans’s story “My Book Report on Starlight” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 17 November 2017.
My family moved from the Netherlands to the USA in 1998, when I was about 8 years old. I did not speak a word of English and was terrified of the prospect of attending a school where I couldn’t talk to anyone. By a pure stroke of luck, the school I attended had another student who also spoke Dutch. She guided me along for the first month, up until I got the hang of the language. Not long after, she returned to the Netherlands. I’m not sure what happened to her, or what her name was, but her help with easing me into this new place gave me the confidence to master the language.
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