Grand Union Themes & Motifs

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Writing

The author uses this theme throughout the collection to explore different literary concepts and possibilities inherent in the craft of writing, often branching out in experimental directions that move beyond the traditional plot structure. Stories like “Words and Music” and “Mood” consist of impressionistic snapshots centered around themes rather than events. In the former, the author considers the different ways music touches people's lives, specifically in New York City, and in the latter, she riffs on time and aging through different narrative lenses, from blog posts to dialogue (between a woman and her pet parrot) to autobiography.

The story “The Lazy River” also eschews a traditional plot in favor of experiment, revolving almost entirely around its central metaphor. There is little characterization or action; the author simply describes how the Lazy River is a symbol of life and how the different types of swimmers behave in...

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