Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Date of Defense

8-9-2013

Graduate Advisor

Mary Troy, Professor

Committee

John Dalton

Shane Seely

Abstract

“Secondhand Blues” is the first part of a novel-in-progress of the same title. It is a work of realist fiction that tells the story of an aspiring rock & roll artist, exploring the nature of ambition and how it affects (and is affected by) personal relationships. It also seeks to depict the world as it exists on the fringes of fame and success through the eyes of several different characters whose talents and ambitions have led them to take up residence there. “Stealing Home” is a coming-of-age story that explores the sometimes elusive concepts of home and family through the eyes of its thirteen-year-old narrator. It was selected as the winner of the 2013 Margery McKinney Short Fiction Award.

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