Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

Askold Melnyczuk

Second Advisor

John Fulton

Third Advisor

Stephen Sutherland


Free to Move is a novel about a young woman, Rena, whose life is wildly upended when her lover is deported to Mexico--by her twin brother, John. Rena, of course, is furious. When she doesn't hear from Edgar for several weeks, she leaves behind everything she holds dear to find him, to somehow make things right. She is accompanied by Carlos, Edgar's loyal best friend. On their perilous journey through Sonora, Mexico, Rena and her companion must confront the realities of U.S. immigration policy. They plunge headlong into the world of coyotes and drug smugglers. In the end, their perceptions about family duty and desire are forever altered. The following pages encompass the first third of the novel, which chronicles Edgar's deportation and Rena's initial flight to Mexico.


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