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After a fatal accident takes place in their backyard, Susan and Brian decide to try, one last time, to start a family. Against the backdrop of destruction of the natural world, the menace of high-voltage transformers, and unsettling signs and omens, their efforts meet a tragic end. Thirty years later, their daughter must come to terms with the consequences—deciding who she really is and how she wants to carry forward her family's dreams and memories. This deeply moving and elegantly written short story paints a vivid portrait of a family haunted by loss and shaped by grief.

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Diurnal - A Short Story

In White’s “Diurnal, two generations of a family struggle to connect with each other as they quietly navigate their way through love and grief. Despite sharing moments of profound closeness, Susan, Brian, and Gabriel keep getting swept away from each other through a series of tragic events until all they can do is curiously regard one another from across a far-flung psychological abyss.

Love may be a tie that binds, but this story reveals how the universal tether can be complicated by a series of knots—and how it can be further imperiled when the dark, inimical thoughts of our shadow selves render us alone in the world, even when surrounded by those we love.

In the end, the rough edges of loss and hope get tumbled around in “Diurnal,” as if in the sea, until they are smoothed into precious gems of wisdom that suggest we may all be more deeply connected than we think.

With beautiful, sentient prose, White has written an exquisite story that deftly explores the dark underbelly of love while grappling with the effects of loss and what it means to be family.

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: Jun 21, 2014
  • Publisher: Story Machine Studio, LLC
  • Seller: Story Machine Studio LLC
  • Print Length: 35 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.0
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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