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The writing here is terse; much is left out. The parts left out are what give the story its emotional power. The other stories, too, focus predominantly on characters struggling with loss and grief. A difference in this collection, though, is the occasional presence of an authorial intrusion, an attribute generally not associated with minimalism. Every now and then the first person narrator makes a comment that sounds more like a reflection from an author looking in on the story than the thoughts of a character looking out. And who is there that can say I did not?

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The writing here is terse; much is left out. The parts left out are what give the story its emotional power. The other stories, too, focus predominantly on characters struggling with loss and grief. A difference in this collection, though, is the occasional presence of an authorial intrusion, an attribute generally not associated with minimalism.

Every now and then the first person narrator makes a comment that sounds more like a reflection from an author looking in on the story than the thoughts of a character looking out. And who is there that can say I did not?

Like the mother chimp who is trained to sign, the narrator and her friend train themselves to speak only in trivia—like signing, an alternate and artificial form of language—to speak only about things that do not matter.

The substitution here of trivia for what is real renders the story the ideal minimalist marriage of form and content: one-liners substitute for authentic communication, and what is omitted, to harken back to Hemingway, becomes most important of all.

Just as the mother chimp continues to sign to her dead baby, the narrator continues her reliance on trivia after the friend dies. This, in fact, becomes all she can do, the only way she can think. Search Website.

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Grief, of course. One is avoidance, akin to denial, which the two friends demonstrate through the near manic level of joking they engage in. And it took her two months for the narrator to visit her friend, as she did not want to see her in this state, of course. And when the doctor tells her to get out of the room in the hospital, she jumps at the chance to go across the road to the beach, to watch young, lean, healthy bodies tanning and lusting in the sun. She returns to extend the avoidance through joking around: "Did you know that when they taught the first chimp to talk, it lied?

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The narrator recalls her one and only hospital visit to her best friend, who was dying. Why has it taken her so long to make this visit? Because she is afraid. When she arrives, her friend is wearing a surgical mask, and so must she. They talk about inconsequential things, bantering, but then her friend says that there "is a real and present need here. Now, however, it is not a question of "if" but only of "when.

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