“Following the Notes” by Pia Z. Ehrhardt New Sudden Fiction () * * * (Good) Realistic A father and daughter find a small measure of. Stories by Pia Ehrhardt .. I was so excited to read your story “Following The Notes” in the NEW SUDDEN You must log in to write on Pia Ehrhardt’s wall. Ashley Eleby Creative Writing Steve Ersinghaus May 12, Critique Following the Notes By Pia Z. Ehrhardt This author really gets into the language of a.

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There are plenty of short stories out there but few grasp what the purpose behind the short length really means. A short story should be founded upon the idea that a deep meaning can be portrayed in a few pages.

A story that can get to that meaning, and leave readers pondering, even after just three pages, is worth the minimal time investment. The girl had had sex in the backseat with her boyfriend before her shift. She calls upon her father to help her jumpstart the car. When they get home, she calls her boyfriend only to hear another girl laugh in the background.


Ffollowing this, Liddie focuses on her father, whose clearly having marital problems.

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His wife was hungover the night before, and this night, when he picked Liddie fhe, she excused herself to go watch TV alone upstairs. Like father, like daughter, they both find themselves only able to rely on one another.

Rather than call Sherman, her boyfriend, she calls her dad. Clearly, only one of them is reliable.

This is later solidified when she realizes Sherman is cheating on her. Every time she brings up mom, her dad gets sad.

He also gets sad when his wife goes upstairs to watch TV instead of spending time with him. Clearly, they have marital problems.

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Both Liddie and her father have relationship troubles at the same time. It shows appreciation for what he does and enjoys, on a day when they both need to feel better.


In a matter of three pages, the deep meaning resonates: Two broken people can make each other feel better. And sometimes, all you need is an extra slice of pie and some good music.

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