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What Makes Good Fiction: Mark Slouka’s “The Crossing,” A Study In Suspense

The Cossack - March 1, 2012

Before you read this post, read Mark Slouka’s story “The Crossing” in the Paris Review. Slouka manages to employ an unusual level of suspense and tenderness in this story. Admittedly, the plot and the situations of the story – a rushing river, a father eager to please his small son, a divided family – are already given to suspense and tenderness. But what is it that makes the …

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