What is the conflict in the short story, Death by Landscape, by Margaret Atwood?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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In Death by Landscape, the protagonist, Lois, was with her friend Lucy on a summer camp boating excursion when her friend Lucy screamed and was never seen again. Now, as a grown woman, Lois is newly widowed. As she tries to reconcile herself to her husband's death, she finds strange revelation in her collect of wilderness paintings. The conflict Lois faces is to find the truth of life while trying to understand herself in the aftermath of two deaths. She is in her own wilderness. Can she find her way out and discover herself?

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