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

Hugh C. O'Connell


This is a novel excerpt from Ernesto Bodhi, Your Best Isn’t Good Enough. Ernesto Bodhi is a veteran dealing with the aftermath of his nephew’s suicide. Because he suffers from depression, and he has attempted suicide on a couple of occasions, he wonders why he’s still alive while his nephew is not. It’s about family, relationships, war, and what it takes to stay alive after a lifetime of neglect from outside sources and towards his self.


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