portion of the artwork for Tiff Holland's fiction

Tiff Holland’s Comments

First, there is a fine line between fiction and nonfiction in my work. No, my mother isn’t named Betty Petty (although she once worked for a woman with that name) but she is named Polly Holland—close enough. These pieces are inspired by real events but generally diverge at some point. The narrator is me and not-me. Betty is very much like my mother (who Betty often quotes verbatim) but isn’t my mother. I believe writing these stories has helped me to understand a truly difficult sort of relationship, and to process the differences that have occurred in it due to age and illness.

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FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry | Issue 31 | Winter 2011