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If Zola had been sitting across from me after I finished this story, I would have asked him point blank: and what in the hell was the point and he would probably think me too simple minded. Being the victim of a natural disaster myself, I can understand loss and delusion. The idea that all is set in the world. You have planned it all out carefully. You have been a good person. You have played by the rules. Now is your just reward--sort of the Protestant myth of hard work leads to just rewards. I believe we all struggle with this idea every day and every day, we hear stories or experience the reality of how life really works out...the just rewards don't always pour in. In this story, Zola explores what happens when this paradigm is turned on its aquatic head.--Submitted by Virginia Arthur
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