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Meg

I ran them over.  I ran them over real good.  And when I was finished, I ran them over again.  I wanted to be good and sure I finished them off.  Xan thought it was enough.  He said that if … Continue reading

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“Home” by Jayne Anne Phillips

The first thing that I noticed about this story was that there were no quotation marks to mark dialogue.  At first I thought that the narrator was just going to be telling us what the mother said, but as I … Continue reading

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Heather’s comment on John Gregory Brown’s post, ‘Comments on the first sentence of “Retreat”?’

From the first sentence you can tell that the narrator has an estranged relationship with his brother, but you don’t know why. The first sentence also implies that the narrator is a little hesitant to reveal this information, by the … Continue reading

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Heather’s posted response to Greer Gordon’s post, ‘Wells Tower’s “Door in Your Eye”’

I agree about the characters. I wanted to know more about Charlotte, about how she lived there in that apartment for so long and never found out the truth. I wanted to know why Albert was so obsessed with the … Continue reading

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Heather’s response to a whole slew of comments from Greer Gordons’ post, ‘Tower’s “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned”’

This story does fit in with the rest of the book. All of Tower’s stories deal with fractured families and relationships, as does this one. The only difference between this one and the rest is the time period in which … Continue reading

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Heather’s Posted Response to Libby Hannon’s ‘Dissapointment in WinterKill”‘

I would disagree that the overarching theme is disappointment. I do agree that disappointment is a major theme, but I believe that it has a companion: loss. I think that the feeling of loss in this story is bigger than … Continue reading

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Deborah Eisenberg’s “What It Was Like, Seeing Chris”

This story actually reminded me of a story that a classmate wrote a few years ago, because it dealt with blurry vision and what it was like seeing that way.  The only difference is that one was more of an … Continue reading

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Wells Tower’s “The Brown Coast”

The “Brown Coast” is the first story that we have read of Wells Tower that is not written in the first person.  I actually really like third person narration because I feel like you get more about the characters and … Continue reading

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Joan Silber’s “My Shape”

I liked how the narrator attended a lot of different church services with her friends.  I think it shows the need to find a place to belong, and an eagerness for learning.  Also, I think that it shows an unstable … Continue reading

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Richard Ford: “Optimists”

I think that this story is one of the best in Richard Ford’s collection.  Once again, he begins this story like he did all the others, by telling us that it happened in the past and it wasn’t a happy … Continue reading

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