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Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Clint McCown


"I'm sure you'll figure out that since I'm telling you this story, I didn't die when it happened… But someone did." Thus begins the story of Matt Eyering and his journey from Staten Island to the small New Mexican town of Socorro. He goes for one reason: to exact revenge on his estranged mother. But all sorts of odd characters live in this forgotten place along the Rio Grande, and none of them intends to let Matt pursue his goals smoothly. From revolutionaries to drug lords, romance to addiction, revenge to life threatening illness, what begins as a quest for vindication explodes into an adventure through a gauntlet of small-town politics, class discrimination, racial tension, organized crime, and self-discovery. It is a touching and serious, yet humorous exploration of the human condition, and of life in a place most of America conveniently ignores.


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Date of Submission

June 2008