Break It Down Summary
Lydia Davis

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Break It Down Overview

Lydia Davis's short story "Break It Down" tells the story of a single man's attempt to reconcile with his recent affair. Weeks after he and his lover have parted, memories of her continue to haunt him. Through frequent shifts in point of view, complex syntactic stylings, and rapid temporal movements, the author enacts the man's simultaneous desire to forget and remember his lover. The story explores themes including memory and remorse.

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