In four stories from his collection he focuses on Gay characters who struggle with emotional devastation due to losing a parent, as well as dealing with societal pressure. In the story, “City Visit,” a homosexual teenage boy goes on a trip to New York City to have a new experience and temporarily escape his basic life. Brendan, the teenage boy, who not only has struggled with bullying and his father leaving him and his mother, also deals with the difficulty of being gay in a small-minded community in Missouri. In “Beginnings of Grief,” Haslett depicts an unknown narrator who deals with his sexuality and the struggles to come to terms with his mother’s suicide and ...
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...le, people with a mind to do well, who, amid all the misery they 've been handed, have held on to their souls. There are no positive endings, but each story works its way to a catharsis of sorts—sometimes in a quiet, subtle way and sometimes more dramatically—that leaves one feeling acceptance of the situation, whether it be an imminent death or a deep grief.
Haslett, Adam. “Beginnings of Grief.” you are not a stranger here. New York: Doubleday.
2002. Pages 48 – 64. Print
Haslett, Adam. "City Visit." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 1 Aug. 2005. Web. 7 Nov.
Haslett, Adam. “Devotion.” you are not a stranger here. New York: Doubleday. 2002. Pages
65 – 88. Print
Haslett, Adam. “Reunion.” you are not a stranger here. New York: Doubleday.2002. Pages
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