A Novel: and in the waiting you become

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Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature


Michael Opitz, English


On the twentieth anniversary of her mother's death, waitress Bekka begins to write again. Over the course of one year, she creates a collection of autobiographic vignettes by observing people around her and reluctantly examining her own history. On the periphery of her life and included as a character in her narrative is belligerent author and frequent customer Alexander Thad. Because the two are drawn together by their similarities and a mutual dislike for one another, Bekka is compelled to give her work to Thad. He begins to comment critically on her writing, but his notes quickly become a journey of begrudging self-examination. Their interdependent first-person stories are presented in a creative format to emphasize the manner in which each writes.