In Bobcat and Other Stories (2013) and Dog Run Moon (2016), Rebecca Lee and Callan Wink each offer their interpretation of the short-story cycle. The two collections exhibit obvious differences in setting and style of narration but reveal a striking parallel: both collections are inspired by Christian, specifically Lutheran, motifs and allusions. In a discussion of regionalism, the Scandinavian Midwest, and themes such as coming of age, historical political events, and the psychology of relationships are all important, but the deeper structure is best perceived in light of biblical precept. The key to understanding this dimension in these stories are references to Lutheran core passages in the New Testament (printed in bold in the Lutheran Bible) and ideas of Lutheran education.

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