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Visions of Life 2



An anthology

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Visions of Life



An anthology of short stories inspired by art. The stories were judged by Vu Tran, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Creative Reading at the University of Chicago, and the award-winning author of Dragonfish.

At the end of each short story is a brief conversation with the author about the inspiration for the story. Also, included in the back of the book is a list of the featured artists and their comments about the artwork. Additionally, there are discussion questions for each story for readers to ponder its implications.


Quiet Invasions by Elizabeth DeSchryver
is about a grandmother's encounter in a Jewish cemetery when she was a young girl during World War II. She has kept the incident a secret from her children and grandchildren so far. Will she reveal her secret?

The story is inspired by Throes of Progress: Quiet Invasions, phototransfer and oil, by Jacqueline Moses, a painting featured in The Chicago Art Scene.

The Chicago Art Scene
Quiet Invasions



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My Turn by Linda S. Buyer
deals with a wife who finds out at her husband's 90th birthday that he fathered a son before their marriage, and all her friends knew about it.  

The story is inspired by Garlic, oil on canvas, by James Michael Ostlund, a painting featured in The Chicago Art Scene.

The Chicago Art Scene
Garlic



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Print Services by Ann Kammerer
is about an alcoholic's denial despite being fired, his girlfriend leaving him and his landlord evicting him. Will his new job give him a second chance?

The story is inspired by Moving Toward the Light, oil on canvas, by Michele Maria Mitchell, a painting featured in The Chicago Art Scene.

The Chicago Art Scene
Moving Toward the Light



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The Age of Reason by Barbara Joyce
follows a Catholic school child's experiences of faith from her first Communion to her later questioning the patriarchal policies in Catholicism as an adult.

The story is inspired by Muslim Madonna, pastel on paper, by Eric Semelroth, a painting featured in Living Artists.

Living Artists
Muslim Madonna


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A Pact, So We Can Fly by Colby Vargas
is written from three points of view: a roller coaster attendant, the most timid of four friends who make a pact to jump off the coaster together, and the father of the pact leader. 

The story is inspired by Tomorrowland, alkyd on linen, by Mary Henderson, a painting featured in Living Artists.

Living Artists
Tomorrowland




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Disappearing Act by Elizabeth DeSchryver
is about a young woman on the eve of her wedding. She is from a Catholic family and she hasn't told her mother that she is pregnant. After taking a DNA test, she finds out that she's part Jewish, upending her self image.

The story is inspired by Sparkle, oil on panel, by Katherine Grossfeld and Gift, oil on panel, by Susan Hall, both featured in Living Artists; and Study of a Winged Figure, oil on canvas, by John Rush, featured in The Chicago Art Scene.

Living Artists
Sparkle
Gift


The Chicago Art Scene
Study of a Winged Figure

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Elvis Has Left the Building by James Flanigan
is a humorous story about an aging busker trying to find a new career.

The story is inspired by Imitation a la King, pastel on paper, by Eric Semelroth, a painting featured in Art Scene: Chicago 2000.

Art Scene: Chicago 2000
Imitation a la King

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Superman by Julie Justicz
deals with the struggles of a mother after her son attempts suicide, from endlessly replaying the incident to endlessly worrying if it will happen again.

The story is inspired by Superman, oil on canvas, by Sandra Dawson, an artist featured in Living Artists.

Living Artists















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The Predicted End of Will by Paco Aramburu's
protagonist must confront whether knowing one's destiny is desirable or inhibiting.

The story is inspired by Flora of the Subway, oil on canvas, by Bruno Surdo, a painting featured in the 3D section of Living Artists.

Living Artists
Flora of the Subway


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Soft Music by Marie Thourson
is about a daughter who visits her mother who has Alzheimer's, and how they find a way to enjoy their time together.

The story is inspired by Mind of Her Own, linocut on woven paper, by Izumi Yoshitani, a painting featured in Art Scene: Chicago 2000.

Art Scene: Chicago 2000
Mind of Her Own



                                                                  


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