“Middles might be said to be under-theorized. There is an abundance of work on opening and closure, but very little discussion of . . . what comes in between. This is obviously because the theory of the middle is taken simply to be the theory of the work as a whole. Beginnings and endings are marked points within the work, but the middle is just the work itself with those points lopped off. . . . There is however perhaps more to be said.
Affliction has a way of redirecting the plot from the essential starting point and the climactic close to the real drama of grace-needed and grace-received-in-between-times. That is, of course, where we live.
[The excerpt in quotes is from: Lauren F. Winner. “Still.” HarperCollins. Check out this book on the iBooks Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/still/id456103664?mt=11 ]