Defense Date

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Clint McCown

Second Advisor

Susann Cokal

Third Advisor

Cristina Stanciu

Abstract

Of Two Minds is a work of fiction that includes short stories and a novel excerpt. The Fire We Wait By is set in 1986 in the fictional town of Boone Springs, Kentucky. The novel chronicles how a family navigates the aftermath of grief caused by their middle daughter’s disappearance. It includes elements of magical realism with chapters narrated by a ghost trapped in an abandoned coalmine. The novel strives to depict a complicated South--a region filled with legacies that it must grapple with but also a community rich in spirit that contains more outsiders than insiders, including immigrants, gay men, and mixed race couples. My short stories also combine literary fiction with the psychological and supernatural and often have an undercurrent of dark humor. My stories deal with female protagonists pulled in multiple directions as they struggle with what it means to be a woman and a mother.

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VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-2-2016

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