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"Lies" and other stories
Lies and Other Stories is a collection of short fiction that examines the nature and difficulty of human connection and explores what can happen when that connection is lost or severed. There are no tragedies in Lies, and there are no characters who are required to rise above seemingly indomitable circumstances. Instead, characters must deal with the series of small disappointments that life regularly doles out: a woman's best friend dies of cancer, a boy comes to grips with the father who abandoned him, a girl encounters her first experience with sexism in sports, a woman begins a new life after her fiancé leaves her. The themes are nothing new-abandonment, disenchantment, disheartening discovery—but there is value in the retelling, just as there is value in reaffirming the fact that rising above everyday pitfalls requires its own form of nobility. ^
Literature, Modern|Literature, American
Zieg, Kathleen Flaherty, ""Lies" and other stories" (2002). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3045546.