Date of Award

6-1-2012

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

John Fulton

Second Advisor

Askold Melnyczuk

Third Advisor

Kathryn R. Kent

Abstract

"That is an important place to understand, that cusp in between silence and showing someone the story of where we've been. Saying, this is me and I want you to be a part of me. Saying, this is us." This importance is Daniel's key realization in "Coeval, Spatially Associated," and the complexity of that very cusp is explored throughout this collection of stories. Characters find themselves on the edge of articulating who they are and who their family is. Their struggle to understand and express their own love and commitment forms the emotional core of the collection. Amid failing mothers, angsty teenagers, and rock climbers who have sex in pick-up trucks, there are long-held secrets, unrelenting grief, deeply felt wounds, ER visits, and one pit bull puppy.

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