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GREATER MIAMI: STORIES is a collection of short stories about the disparity between the hoped-for expectations of life in America—as seen through the prism of South Florida—and the reality of a life lived on the margins. The characters, ranging in age from early adulthood to the elderly, attempt to navigate the perils of a new and unfamiliar existence—physical and/or psychological—while seeking to recoup the losses of home and country, love and language.
The collection uses Miami as its setting due to the wide demographic range of its inhabitants, and the stories address themes of memory, love, sex, opportunity and privilege, the mayhem born of disinformation, and the anxiety of displacement. Each story in the collection describes a pivotal moment when the characters encounter a truth that had previously eluded them and then must deal with the repercussions of that knowledge.
Gonzalez, J. David, "Greater Miami: Stories" (2013). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 832.
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