Through the Dead Girls

by capreviewroom

 Dead Girls is a collection of eight short stories, and it is a first book of fiction written by Nancy Lee in 2003. All of eight stories take place in Vancouver, Canada. The stories are not directly related to each other, but each story is developed based on the murder happened in Eastside of Vancouver; a man kills prostitutes and buries them in his backyard. We should keep in mind the following question when we read through the book; “if this event is a symptom of the society we live in, what is it telling us about our society?” described by Lee in the interview.

 Lee uses second-person narrative style to deliver the story. This allowed me to imagine freely about other characters’ thought or feelings. Therefore, interestingly, the theme and lesson of the story could be understood in many ways depends on the reader. Also her use of various characters that are differences in age, background, and their struggles in each story doesn’t limit the particular target of who read the book, thus, various readers would find sympathy in the stories.

 “Associated Press” is one of my favorite stories in the book. I was able to synchronize my feeling towards the protagonist who is a young lady works in a library, relies on her boyfriend too much, and makes her difficult to move on her life. I have somewhat similar experience like her, and this is one of the example I was able to find many common points to myself in many stories.

 Lastly, Dead Girls presents many heavy problems which we don’t normally focus on from our daily life, such as addiction to drugs or alcohols, and abortion of undesired baby, but Lee’s use of words and her unique style of structures in each story kept attracting and encouraging me to think about these problems through the character’s eyes.


Daijiro Matsui


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