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Alexi Zentner


Residue is a flash fiction piece, exploring loss, specifically the loss of the protagonist’s sons and his teeth. To write this piece, I read a large number of anthologized flash fiction pieces written by contemporary authors including David Foster Wallace, Lydia Davis, Tobias Wolff, and George Saunders with the intent of understanding and reproducing their takes on the flash fiction form while adding my own nuances. For purposes of characterization and setting, I also researched logging done on the land of what is now Algonquin Park in Ontario. My research and writing show that flash fiction functions most effectively when the writing focuses on a moment in characters’ lives which do not define those lives but without which those lives could not be effectively detailed or described.