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Book Title: Outcast: A Short Story|
The author of the book: Andrea McKenzie Raine
Edition: Andrea McKenzie Raine
Date of issue: August 31st 2015
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The War & Peace of Andrea McKenzie Raine's short stories; this is one is about 15 pages long.
Outcast is about a woman's middle aged crisis. Her married life had been successful with her place cemented as the head of the home, nurturing and directing her children while being influential in the development of her relationship with her husband who was equally under her influence.
How things have changed, and the catylist to revealing this inbalance and new reality are changes at work that come to ahead when her younger boss reveals she is more than a square peg in a round hole. She is a missing jigsaw piece that doesn't even fit the puzzle. Feeling humiliated and given another chance to correct her errors she focuses on going home. This situation now seems clearer too, she has lost her husband to an affair she is certain he's having; he'll be home again late. They don't share intimacy and fun based communication. Meanwhile her children have lost their way, poor behaviour and attendence at school is damaging their grades and confidence into employment.
Where has she gone wrong? Getting home her kids seemingly ignore her and becoming overwhelmed she collapses in the kitchen.
Waking up in hospital she cannot understand anyone; the spoken and written word appears as gibberish and her own words misunderstood; her isolation is complete.
She learns to read non verbal communication, gestures and someone's eyes. She is discharged to her home where she feels a total stranger and can only find peace in photos and happier times.
Outcast is the story of someone who reaches a breaking point and is a parable of our world of mass communication where no-one really talks to one another and whole swathes of society are ignored. Seen through Frances' melt down where she regresses completely. However, in her time of total isolation she perhaps has enough of her will to find her self and redeem others through her experiences.
Clever ideas seemlessly interwoven into a normal family but compressed into just a few pages to ensure the message isn't lost or over complicated.
A story about a disfunctional family which is likely to make each reader feel more self-aware.
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Read information about the authorAndrea McKenzie Raine was born in Smithers, BC and grew up in Victoria, BC where she still resides. She was enrolled in the Creative Writing program and earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Victoria in 2000, and completed a post-degree Public Relations certificate program. She has attended the successful Planet Earth Poetry reading series (formerly known as Mocambopo) in Victoria, BC since 1997, and participated in the Glenairley writing retreats led by Canadian poet and novelist Patrick Lane in Sooke, BC. In 2005, she published her first book of poetry, titled A Mother’s String, through Ekstasis Editions. Her poetry has also appeared in Mocambo Nights, Canadian Literature journal, Quills, Borderlines anthology (Ascent Aspirations magazine), Tempus anthology (Rubicon Press), Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press), Tongues of Fire anthology, and several Glenairley chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane (Leaf Press). She has also written book reviews and articles for local magazines, celebrating the work of her peers. She lives with her husband and two young sons and, by day, is employed as a correspondence writer for the provincial government. Turnstiles is her debut novel published by Inkwater Press. She also published her second novel, A Crowded Heart, through Inkwater Press, which is a prequel to Turnstiles.
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