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In Bobbie Ann Mason's "Shiloh," why is Leroy and Norma Jean's marriage suffering?

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"Shiloh" is a short story by Bobbie Ann Mason, appearing in both The New Yorker magazine in 1980 and in her 1982 collection Shiloh and Other stories.

Leroy has injured his leg and cannot drive his truck for work. Norma Jean, used to his absence, finds that she does not want to live with him home all the time, and more so with her mother showing up to criticize and comment on every little thing. Worse, neither of them seems to care or even notice that she is suffering. Norma Jean wants Leroy to seek work and be productive, and also wants him to appreciate all the work...

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