What a Mother Hen Knows But Won’t Say
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St. John, Madeline
Type of Work175 pages
thesis; short story collection
DepartmentCenter for Contemporary & Creative Writing - Creative Writing
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These stories interweave various levels of reality, juggling fact and fantasy through the perspectives of various quirky and conventional characters of two fictional towns: Candle, a rural town with an economy based around a granite factory, and Watertown, a more developed and populated trade town located near a harbor. The stories occur over the course of several years, during which a young girl talks with a chicken, a woman who looks like a bird is concussed, and a man’s life is changed forever by a fish reincarnated as a woman.