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Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Story Child" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Synopsis: Much of the population had mysteriously disappeared one morning--what the survivors called the "Abandonment." What followed was two years of one epidemic after another, filling the local high school cafeteria. A doctor, the narrator, mourns his family's disappearance. Even he falls sick to disease. A mysterious child appears on a skimmer. The child heals the sick by telling stories about the abandonment. Paradoxically, the pain that should accompany being reminded of the loss of one's loved ones begets hope. The people heal and leave the hospital.
  • What are some possible themes?
  • How is writing like medicine? How is it not like medicine?
  • Within the narrative, how do the two stack up in action?

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