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Heart Shades: Stories of Love, Life, and Humor

Jackson, Justine S. (2016) Heart Shades: Stories of Love, Life, and Humor. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

Heart Shades: Stories of Love, Life, and Humor is a collection of six fictional, interconnecting short stories. Each story is written in the first person, allowing the reader to experience the unique lives and perspectives of the six different narrators. The linear progression of each narrative captures how the characters choose to navigate their lives while a series of flashbacks embedded throughout the collection help shed light on the intimate details of the Zander family. The Zanders and the people connected to them represent an alternative view of what’s considered the typical, nuclear family. Family, in the end, is not about who is a part of it, but rather how it’s defined in terms of love and support. An accompanying analysis follows the collection. This analysis examines how the collection relates to the contemporary short story cycle. In addition, the analysis also responds to the social, historical, and creative contexts that the collection addresses. Finally, a signature touch of humor present throughout the stories and analysis. While highlighting the many trials and errors of humanity, humor also has a profound ability to heal. When faced with many great challenges, laughter helps us connect and move forward.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Justine S. Jackson
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2016 14:37
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2016 14:37
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/250

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