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Qonvicts, queers and qripples

Qonvicts, Queers and Qripples is a collection of short stories that explores not simply the underclass of American society, but people who find themselves at the extreme margins of the underclass: They are all part of the LGBTQ community, they're all drug addicts, most have AIDS. They are also, to varying degrees, members of the criminal class of citizen. The stories in this collection, instead of furnishing meaning from utilizing a traditional linear, character-driven cause-and-effect sense of narrative, Qonvicts, Queers and Qripples relies instead on techniques that include a focus on voice and a spiraling digression - or a deferral of meaning -- to ultimately provide, through ambiguity and suggestion, what meaning there is to be found.

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