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Souvenir Summary
Jayne Anne Phillips

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Souvenir Summary


"Souvenir" is one of the twelve longer stories published in Jayne Anne Phillips's collection Black Tickets. The other fifteen stories in this collection are very short and are, appropriately, characterized as "short short stories." Black Tickets was published in 1979 to widespread critical acclaim.

The protagonist of "Souvenir" is the adult daughter of a fifty-five year old mother who is diagnosed with a potentially fatal brain tumor. Kate's mother is better able to face this terrible possibility with acceptance and calm than is Kate or her adult brother Robert. In this story, the younger woman struggles to come to terms with death, loss, and separation. Phillips presents Kate's special efforts to maintain a close contact with her mother, even though, as the conversations and scenes between them reveal, she and her mother sometimes disagree. The reader learns, for example, that Kate sends her mother a Valentine's Day card every year...

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