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Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Tom De Haven

Second Advisor

Susann Cokal

Third Advisor

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher


This thesis is composed of four short stories and selections from a novel. The stories are interested in investigating the web of relationships that make up our daily lives. In one, a girl watches as the only home she has ever known is encroached upon by a step-family, virtual strangers. In another, a girl is forced to face the consequences of a choosing love before friendship. And in the final two stories, a middle-aged gay man is reluctant to loose the only true love he has ever known, at times relying on his young daughter for support. The novel is concerned with sisterly love, with the notion that all of our actions have consequences, and that the people we care about most are almost always the people we hurt. It also investigates death, and how when we lose someone we love our memory of them shifts, changes, and that because of this they in essence remain alive.


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