Disappearing Children

Beth Lynn Couture

Abstract

This collection of short stories is primarily concerned with the dynamic between adults and children--parents and their own children, teachers and their students, and other adult/child relationships. In each of the stories, children present a psychological or emotional challenge to the adults, one with which they are not always equipped to cope. They are a problem which cannot be solved easily, if it can be solved at all. On a formal level, the stories in this collection seek to blur the line between the mundane and the magical. Though the collection is riddled with the fantastic, at its center is the struggle of its characters to understand their existence and negotiate within the human world of relationships, hope and disappointment, and loss. The strange or magical elements underscore the characters' struggles to understand their own humanity.