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Oct. 18th- “Mid-Autumn” by Butler This story was at first a little difficult for me to get a grasp of because it’s got so many narrative layers to it. Having a story within a story within a story isn’t terribly strange for this collection, though, as the majority of these stories are told to us by the […]

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Family

McCracken’s story “Secretary of State” focuses on relationships between family members.  I’m currently in a family systems theory class, and my brain seems to still be in that mindset, so throughout the reading I was categorizing the family dynamic.  The Barron’s are part of a closed family structure and they are very enmeshed. Closed family […]

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Elizabeth McCracken’s, “The Goings-On of the World,” held my interest throughout its entirety. I enjoyed the gruesome imagery and the naivety of the narrator. Although he was a prisoner who was guilty of murdering his wife, McCracken established his voice as one to be empathized with. He was sad, bitter and unable to acknowledge the […]

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June

I wasn’t in class on Tuesday, and I should have posted this last week, but I wanted to say it anyway. In “June,” McCracken did what we have been trying to do in our stories – write about something without it feeling familiar. It would have been so easy for her to say: here’s this […]

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“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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“June”

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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McCracken’s story does not disappoint with her witty humor and tinge of sadness. I found it amazing that McCracken can take characters like the mother and Plazo and make them perfectly normal and slightly out of balance with the world. It is amazing because it feels or sounds real to the reader. One can truly […]

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In “The Bar of our Recent Unhappiness”, the narrator struggles not only with loss, but with the continued suffering of loss each and every day of his life.  He cannot grieve and move on from the loss of his partner, Barbara.  Instead, he has to visit a woman who is worlds different from the woman […]

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What made “Some Have Entertained Angels, Unaware” an interesting story in my eyes was how the image of a family was completely redefined.  In the beginning there is the stereotypical setup of a family, with a mother and a father and children. One page into the story the mother dies, and after that I expected […]

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She was a sand-colored bitch with a whorled, nubby stomach.” McCracken does an incredible job meeting lyricism with profanity. The profanity is not overdone and does not pose risk of disrupting the character’s identity. Jake, an older man possessing rough edges and an apparent lack of happiness, is easily suited by profane dialect. The circumstances […]

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