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The nameless narrator at the heart of my short story grapples with the question of change. Originally written for Shawna Yang Ryan’s ENG 338 course (American Literature Since the Mid-20th Century), this piece is in conversation with Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and this narrator is an echo of Esther, the novel’s protagonist. Both characters are forced to confront their internal struggles—Esther struggles with depression, whereas this narrator must grapple with expressing her sexuality—as well as their mothers, who deny the existence of their daughters’ difficulties. The author’s artist statement invokes personal experience and her own identity as a member of the LGBTQ community, as well as literary influences.

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