Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

John Fulton

Second Advisor

Askold Melnyczuk

Third Advisor

Thomas O'Grady


This collection of short stories, entitled Fathers and Sons, represents my education in the art of fiction at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Fiction is, by its nature, untrue. Thus, it is continuously reconstituting and redefining its relationship to reality. For my effort, the fundamental relationships of life have been the key to creating substance in a world of imagination. The subject and shape of each of these individual stories has been informed by a change in the nature of those fundamental relationships. Using my own memory and experiences, recombined with imagination, I have attempted to create complete dramatic actions that are satisfying and, hopefully, meaningful. This is a demonstration of that effort.


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