Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

Daphne Kalotay

Second Advisor

John Fulton

Third Advisor

Askold Melnyczuk


This collection of interconnected stories brings together first generation immigrants from India who, having left their moral bearings back in the original country, chart new and dangerous courses to find love and meaning in New York city. In the title story, Meera, a graduate student of English literature tries to avoid ending up like her spinster aunt with whom she lives by having a hopelessly tragic affair with a professor. In "The Prince of Rien" an Indian banker finds his romance with his French girlfriend souring when an embittered and heartbroken student of postcolonial studies imparts him a rude history lesson about Europe's colonialism. In "Assumption" a thirty-something woman heartbroken over her green card marriage decides to take up the holy sacrament and dedicate her life to the Church, severing all other ties of love, faith and belonging.


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