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Master of Arts (MA)
Magee, Kelly, 1976-
Wise, Christopher, 1961-
Convergence is a collection of linked short stories focusing on the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya. The narratives explore themes of identity and family, both in Kenya and in the United States, and how these concepts adapt or remain unchanged during times of crisis. Through the narrative of Joseph, a boy living in Kibera during the post-election violence, the collection provides a reader with an understanding of the events that occurred during the crisis and their complex origins. The prologue explains how the fictional author of this collection experiences the tasks of writing and researching and how the project affects her. The story, "The Language of Masks," explores how two teenagers with a shared sense of responsibility for their families can connect and make sense of their lives through correspondence. All of the stories in this collection converge, showing the ways humans connect across families and national boundaries.
Western Washington University
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Bruce, Marilyn V. (Marilyn Vernett), "Convergence" (2012). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 218.