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Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Magee, Kelly, 1976-
Trueblood, Kathryn R., 1960-
Dietrich, Dawn Y., 1960-
In the insular society of an isolated mountain town, a young child named Sophie vanishes one night into a windstorm. Galentown: A Tragedy in Five Acts explores the actions—and inactions—of the townspeople leading up to her disappearance. Galentown’s tragedy lies in the misdirection of the choral voices that comprise it, which act as a form of erasure and allow the girl to slip away in the fictive world. Ghostlike, she ducks in and out of each of these stories, but ultimately fails to provide the reader resolution to her fate: as the peripheral narrations accumulate, so do potential explanations. This linked collection uses forms of fairytales and classic theater to explore childhood, the gravity of home, and the events in a life that remain persistently unmappable.
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Missing children in literature; Tragic, The, in literature; Mountain people; Cities and towns
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Simmons-Abril, Marley A., "Galentown: A Tragedy in Five Acts" (2017). WWU Graduate School Collection. 565.