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Invasion of the bees and other stories

Invasion of the Bees and Other Stories is a collection of short stories and flash fictions that explore themes of paternal absence and neglect, female distrust of men, relationship discord, self-sabotage, and various forms of abuse. Firmly footed in the genre of realism, the short stories in the collection attempt to reveal the aspects of ourselves that we try to conceal, stifle, or seal away like bees in an attic. Tethered together by shared themes and setting, the flash fictions in the collection borrow elements of magical realism to expose our most secret vulnerabilities. The critical introduction discusses the craft aspects of realism and magical realism with respect to authors such as Marilynne Robinson, Charles Baxter, John Gardner, Benjamin Percy, Alice Munro, and Maria Romasco Moore.

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