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The Happy Memories Club

This craft of this story proves Lee Smith is an expert.  The story jumps from the present, to the past (which is also generally in story form in the club), and each time the narrative shifts we can follow it seamlessly.  I never felt like it broke the stream to shift, but rather it seemed […]

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Waiting For the End of the World

This story felt much different from Rash’s other stories.  The voice of the narrator seems to have less melancholy to it than the others, for some reason this story felt more depressing, which is strange considering when you really look at the story it’s a pretty pathetic place to be in life.  There’s something about […]

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Fried Chicken

Right away I felt compassion for Mrs. Polly Pegram, even though she was “the murderer’s mother”. From the beginning it felt like she was a sad women even before I got to know her throughout this story. Mrs. Pegram has had a hard life, but she still goes through the routine of her day even […]

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Consummation

This story by Rivecca was both confusing and wonderful for me. At first I thought the narrator was talking or writing to the Doctor that saved her father’ life, but I don’t think that is the case. I enjoyed the story as a whole, but it took me several tries to really understand what was […]

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Into The Gorge

This story is told from Jesse’s point of view. He is alone where he has grown up his whole life and he experiences the changes around him from when he was younger. He’s watching as a new housing development is being created. Jesse is struggling with what he knows now and thinking about his Great-Aunt […]

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Return

This story is one of my favorites that we’ve read this semester. I enjoyed Rash weaving two different places into a story so well. It felt very natural and real when Rash would switch back and forth from the past to present. The story evoked a lot of emotion in just a few short pages. My […]

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Return

I really enjoyed this story! The images presented through out the entire thing were believable and full of emotion. The entire time the narrator was telling the story about the young soldier, I could see, and sometimes feel, the emotions in the words. Even though we see two different places in the story, the main […]

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Burning Bright

The way Rash used place in this story helped me understand more about Carl because the story was not told from his point of view. Even Marcie did not really know him. From the opening paragraph the description of the surroundings Rash gives helps me form a picture of the farm and Marcie. By describing […]

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Ultima Thule

Ultima Thule is my favorite story I have read by Lee Smith so far. This story has such vivid descriptions, and so many unexpected twists. I love it. The way Smith sets up the story, her short, to the point sentences gave me a better understanding of Nova and her character. The line “She rubs her flat […]

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Hard Times

When I began reading this story, it reminded me of the henhouse in the Hannah Montana movie, which I thought was funny. However, continuing on in the story, it became grim and sad. The fact that Edna ran off her children all because she believed what she was doing would toughen them up was sad. […]

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Exercise 1

  Exercise 1 Select one of the following photographs and write no more than 500 words on the place depicted in the photograph. Please write as though your description is part of a story and from the point of view of a particular character who is very familiar with this place. Due: Midnight, Monday, August 29 in […]

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