The Story Behind the Story: “Pictures At An Exhibition”

I think by the time you’ve reached middle age—unless you married your sweetheart in high school, and stayed married—you’ve been dumped. Or were the dumper. Clearly, maintaining a relationship is tough. But I think parenting is tougher yet, not least because if you are doing any of it alone—there is only one effing adult! Impossibly tough, particularly with a teen.

Under the guise of a romantic relationship gone south, that is what I simply tried to show: the neuroticism and grief (real and imagined) in the lives of a father and his teenage daughter.

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About Bruce Makie

At a time when America was less violent and it was okay to live in the streets or forests, I crisscrossed the country on a motorcycle or  hitchhiked, working itinerant jobs such as picking cherries in Oregon or construction in California, marking snowmobile trails in Northern Michigan and some general news reporting there as well. Some of my articles or fiction have appeared or will appear in the Detroit Free Press, Traverse, the Magazine, Dunes Review, Thoughtful Dog, Brilliant Flash Fiction and Dreamers Magazine. A short story collection, "Fathers And Sons" was awarded publication by the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press in 2012.