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We All Fall Down




Gray, Katherine

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On a general level, We All Fall Down is a collection of stories that is unified by the theme of personal connections between family, friends, and significant others. Often, their driving force is exploring what happens when something fundamentally changes the meaning that someone has to you. All of these stories are about (and sometimes narrated by) women. They focus on what it means to be a woman in this culture - how you find your identity, and what it means to fulfill or not fulfill the expectations of those you care about. These stories are about young women, and thus are also about growing up. In these stories, the main characters have what might be called “adult realizations,” with the implication that after the events of the story end, the characters’ lives may be permanently changed.