Grief is a personal thing, as unique as it is ubiquitous, and each character in What Remains approaches their grief in a different way and handles it with differing degrees of success. The collection blends both realist and fabulist stories in its efforts to explore these themes, from the eponymous "What Remains," in which a man attempts to reconcile his feelings about the death of his abusive, absentee father, and what that means for his relationship with his own son; to "Convoy," a story of a Marine who confronts the culture of violence into which he's been indoctrinated, and which separates him from society; to "Anaerobic," about a teenage girl whose super-speed can't save her sister from brain death in a hospital bed. Other stories look at their characters' losses through the different lenses of loneliness, of desperation, of divorce, and of parenthood, but all of them essentially attempt to unearth the answer to the question, "How do we keep going in the face of loss—and where do we go?"
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
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Leavitt, Michael, "What Remains" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 5891.