I can't remember the name of a book I read in a freshman lit class. Some vague details:
Its about a man whose last name is, I think, Siegel. He is perhaps 45-60 and has injuries that make him walk with a cane. He may have been an author.
There's a lot of talk about how his house is on top of this hill and it has long treacherous stone steps that he struggles to climb up and down.
He hires a young girl to work as a maid. She secretly has an abusive boyfriend and drug problems.
The girl eventually bakes glass into a casserole and intends to feed it to the man, but I believe drops it so that he never discovers her plot.
The man also might eventually fall down some icy stairs and die/gravely injure himself. Maybe she pushed him?
Some more details:
I read the story in 2012 as part of the curriculum at my community college. I don't believe it was recently published but it was not a classic either. It was set in the 21st century.
The book was English and it was an american lit class so I'm pretty sure it wasn't translated.
The book was pretty gloomy and tragic. The man slowly started warming up and enjoying life again through contact with the girl, but he never voices those opinions.
The girl was so unused to caring interactions that she was convinced the man was making fun of her. She was uneducated I think.