Title

There's Too Many of Us To Be Afraid

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Date of Defense

11-15-2013

Graduate Advisor

Mary Troy, Professor

Committee

John Dalton

Shane Seely

Abstract

Abstract What follows is a collection of short stories full of characters whose lives intertwine from one story to the next. Although my stories will be categorized under the apocalyptic or magical realism genres, I have never looked at them this way. My writing aims to acknowledge a kind of reality that exists outside the tangible and material. In these stories, everything is both real and imagined, as Panama, the country of childhood, is both real and imagined. Most people build careful narratives of their lives, and they carry with them an imagined end, either the death they wish or the one they fear. Only by dabbling in the various conventions of different genres can I get as close to each character’s personal truth.

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