It is not that the stories are explicit, it is that they are incisive. Almost every piece cuts deeper than the usual cure - snapping the cover shut - can mend.
But, what about more ambiguous characters? Flitting between good and evil, they never settle in; they never provide us closure. These individuals linger in our minds. They haunt us, quietly, for the rest of our lives.
Set in Knoxville, Tennessee, As the Sun Smiles follows a character named Alex in a dystopic yet familiar future. Civilization hasn’t yet collapsed into anarchy or surrendered to political tyrants. Instead, social inequalities such as poverty and systemic racism have driven civilians to the most dangerous action of all: inaction.
The Appalachian Trail is a footpath that runs from north Georgia to central Maine. It was established in the 1930s; every year since it has changed just a bit. It will probably always change. The trail, like the land it crosses, can never be truly tamed.
Most adults change the cadence and octave of their natural speaking voice when they address children. They believe that children are bit slower, a bit dumber than they. Mr. Dahl, though, perceives the quickness and brightness of those busy brains.
When a man has genius and arrogance, he acquires fans. A girl with genius and arrogance gets framed for murder.
Early on in life, Blaise sees past the gild of tradition; she perceives that the societal norms so often crammed down people’s throats rarely deliver on their feeblest promises. So, she blazes her own path.