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Fiction Mackenzie’s fiction tended to be darker and more morose than she was. Her stories
include a budding friendship between two mental ward patients that ends with the suicide of one of them; a six-year-old describing a car crash; and a first-person narrative from a ghost. Her style is curt and spare. She describes a mental ward with: “The room is off-white and trying too hard.” Her description of a car accident is: “A jump. A jerked elbow. An echoed scream. A honk. More honks. Crunches. Cracks. Bangs. Screeches. Black tire marks and red everything else.” She doesn’t shy from using strong language. It’s clear from these stories that Mack’s fiction is where she put the more angry and fearful parts of herself—parts we didn’t see very much in her relaxed and happy real-life persona.