3 short stories that were published in the 1980's

  1. mother and son are trapped in cave for years and mother has a baby by her son
  2. a girl becomes a genius then loses her intelligence
  3. I can't remember the 3rd story.

A beautician might be involved in the 2nd or 3rd story.

I bought this paperback in late 1980's, then I lost or loaned it, and it was gone from the store when I went back to buy another. It was in an overseas Stars and Stripes store, so I couldn't search elsewhere.

It's been driving me crazy off and on since then!

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    [When Darkness Loves Us] by Elizabeth Engstrom has some similarities? – Ayshe Feb 5 '18 at 9:30
  • Just to clarify, it was presumably an anthology which contained more than just these three stories, correct? – Broklynite Feb 5 '18 at 10:25
  • Thank you so much, Ayshe! Wow--you figured out the title and the author - I'm looking forward to rereading it. (I guess I was wrong about 3 stories and the beautician, unless I had a different overseas version.) – Mary K Feb 7 '18 at 6:57
  • Cool :) I posted it as answer, you can accept it if you're certain that's the book. – Ayshe Feb 8 '18 at 10:50
  • @MaryK: Incidentally, since it seems you're new here, all you need to do to accept the answer is to click on the checkmark by the voting buttons. – FuzzyBoots Feb 8 '18 at 15:54

When Darkness Loves Us by Elizabeth Engstrom

It consists of two novellas:

When Darkness Loves Us

Sally Ann is a bright and bubbling farm girl, still caught in the thrill of a brand-new husband and a shining future ahead. When a careless exploration leaves her trapped underground, she learns to live again in the absence of everything she once knew. Even driven by love and light, Sally Ann finds the deepest darkness within herself in When Darkness Loves Us.

Beauty Is

Old Martha Mannes has been a part of Morgan, Illinois since her birth. The whole town knows her as the dim-witted woman who was born without a nose, but Martha's mind wasn't always a blank slate. Unlocking the monster buried deep in her memories may bring back the sparkling child she once was...or it may send those around her crashing down into the nightmares of a little girl gone wrong.

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