Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Date of Defense

4-12-2016

Graduate Advisor

John Dalton, MFA

Committee

John Dalton

Mary Troy

Drucilla Wall

Abstract

This thesis is comprised of five novel chapters and two short stories that explore individuals’ interactions with their families and with the world around them. These interactions are not limited to physical interactions and verbal exchanges; they also include meditations on how the individual fits within the family and within the world at large. These stories also include interactions with the quirky, strange, and borderline fantastical as a way of displaying and relating to the individual’s feeling of personal strangeness by finding a similar strangeness in the outside world.

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