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dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Amy L., 1967-
dc.contributor.authorHunter, Storm
dc.descriptionvii, 180 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe author writes, “For my Senior Individualized Project, I wrote a magical realist novella which I started in the eleventh grade. Growing up, I lived in Washington State and always had a very close bond with the rain, which is good because it was around a lot. One day I was sitting at home, listening to the rain on the roof, and felt a strange nostalgia. It was an emotion that was not caused by anything going on in my life, rather, it was the rain. I wondered, in that moment, what the rain was saying, what story was it telling? And the idea for Listen was born. Of course at the time, and up until the novella was finished it was titled The Rain Story. ……but the one author I hold dearest and one day would love to be compared too, is Neil Gaiman, the author of American Gods, Anansi Boys, and Stardust, among many others. He combines Magical Realism with mythology from around the world. It is a beautiful combination of folklore and present day tales. …….I tried to add aspects of our society - global warming, technology and the media, racism, homophobia, and mental illness - into the novella without beating the reader the over the head with it. And at the same time, I incorporated myths and legends from around the world, weaving the two together in what I hope is a cohesive piece of literature. I decided to write the novella through the perspective of three different characters, a teenage boy, a middle aged black woman, and a young girl with lesbian parents. It wasn't quite a conscious decision as much as I knew that the story needed to be told through these characters. The fourth character that I had to cut out, and will later add back in, is an older man who is a pastor, and hears the rain as the word of God. Each character deals with a different issue in our society and deals with hearing the rain in different ways. I felt it was important to incorporate these things into my novella and give it an undertone of meaning that is critical of our society in a subtle way.”en_US
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dc.titleListen : a Novellaen_US

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