Blake Butler “The Disappeared” | Short Story #339

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2020 Short Stories

story: “The Disappeared”

author: Blake Butler

year: 2013

where: Quarantine

note: I learned about this story from a charming essay on Lit Hub by Nick Ripatrazone. It was described as “a story about a boy’s longing for his missing mother during a pandemic, and how we have to hold on to hope even when the entire world feels like it is falling apart.”

a line: “The police showed up and bent him over and led him by his face out to their car. You could hear him screaming in the lobby. He sounded like a woman.”

theme(s): Family, abuse, pandemic, hope, the state, public health

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