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Monthly Archive for November, 2012

“Secretary of State”

Through her stories, McCracken tends to break the image of innocence I have put on most of human nature. In “June” I had to face the reality that not all children are perfect angels and that the people around them often miss out on their cry for help. Here, I had to face the fact […]

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Shoe Me the Meaning of Being Lonely

      Butler has an uncanny ability to make the reader believe in miracles. He mixes just the right amount of fantasy with a sobering dose of reality to create stories that are powerful and engaging. His characters speak with such authority and certainty that even the most outlandish of Butler’s stories, ” A Ghost Story,” […]

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Butler, “Relic”

Butler, “Relic” Butler has an uncanny way of speaking to the audience. It’s like he says “HEY PAY ATTENTION TO ME!” then he goes into his story, only to stop occasionally to ask the audience, “Are you still listening?” It is very strange how he does this without disrupting the flow of the story he […]

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In bed that night, I touched my hips where June’s hips had been.  I didn’t want to think about that afternoon, because every time I did, I wondered if Brian and Annette had been peering through the window, watching us.  Sometimes I thought: maybe they didn’t see.  Sometimes, I thought: thank God I didn’t take […]

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A major theme throughout Birds of a Lesser Paradise has been mother-daughter relationships. However, in this story the mother’s role is reduced to a few paragraphs which tell us about her Christmas village collection that she willed to her daughter after her death. The narrator felt as if her mother was telling her to have  a […]

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