The Long and Short of It is a collection of ten stories, spanning centuries and continents, illustrating the universality of loss. Here is a war-haunted Korean vet, brainwashed Nazi brides, a neurotic Soviet ballerina, and a re-imagined Ethan Frome. In these stories, anxiety waits in the wings: will Ethan's wife discover his affair? Will the brides acknowledge the dark truth behind their training? Will a mother recover her kidnapped baby? Characters grapple with grief and anxiety in various ways. Two mothers mourn missing babies: one turns to the occult, the other heads to Mars. Children reel with abandonment: one obsesses over ballet, the other strives to escape a raging wildfire. With recurring themes of family and motherhood, these stories explore the psychological effects of loss. Ranging from the mundane to the wildly magical, the characters in these stories are haunted by figurative and literal ghosts as they navigate both internal conflict and external responsibilities.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
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McElroy, Ciera, "The Long and Short of It" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 6417.