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Winter Legs Give Me Heart Attacks

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dc.contributor.advisor Brkic, Courtney Salyers, Matthew
dc.creator Salyers, Matthew 2013-05-03 2013-09-16T19:23:30Z 2013-09-16T19:23:30Z 2013-09-16
dc.description.abstract This thesis collects a series of short stories that deal with the despondency and isolation of plain characters in their fantastic worlds. The plainness of these characters is not in their normalcy, but in perhaps their lack of one or more of the following: love, connectivity, compassion. And these fantastic worlds are only fantastic in their ruthless nature, in their unsettling sense of heart in despair. The stories in this collection circle around the fractured elements of the modern American family, as told by the members of these families that never felt like they belonged. Or maybe they belong the most? In twenty-three stories, there is brevity to the construction of these worlds, as the standard conventions of prose are pulled out like a game of Operation – trying ever so hard to not touch the metal edges of the wounds. There are children who lie, others who kill each other, and others who merely hold their breath. There are parents who jump off bridges, give up too easily, or never try at all. And then there are all the people in between who are searching for a connection but have trouble even connecting with themselves.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject microfiction en_US
dc.subject death en_US
dc.subject surrealism en_US
dc.subject mental disorders en_US
dc.subject family en_US
dc.subject experimental fiction en_US
dc.title Winter Legs Give Me Heart Attacks en_US
dc.type Thesis en Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing en_US Master's en Creative Writing en George Mason University en

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