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Lorraine Lopez's 2009 short story collection, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories, utilizes the mirror metaphor to portray the complex paths open to its characters as they seek happiness. The collection itself serves as an unembellished mirror, offered to readers for their own contemplation of what the flourishing life entails. Analysis of these stories reveals the importance of authentic and disturbing stories, illuminating Lopez's theme: that the tragic arc of human existence can guide us toward meaningful experience and understanding.


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  • DPLA rights
    • Owned by South Atlantic Review

  • Institution
    • Gainesville

  • Publisher
    • South Atlantic Review

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Author Biography:

      Tanya Long Bennett is professor of English at University of North Georgia, where she has taught since 2001. She is currently editing Critical Essays on the Writings of Lillian Smith for University of Mississippi Press, forthcoming in 2021. Previous publications include a monograph on the novels of Lee Smith and articles on the fiction of Lorraine López and Ana Castillo. She has also published two open education resources for first year composition textbooks with the University of North Georgia Press.

      Book or Journal Information:

      "To Tell What Is True: The Short Story as Stark Mirror in Lorraine Lopez's 'Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories'." South Atlantic Review, vol. 85, no. 1, spring 2020, pp. 27-42.