Title

Abscond

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Date of Defense

4-10-2013

Graduate Advisor

John Dalton, MFA

Committee

Troy, Mary

Kang, Minsoo

Abstract

This collection of short stories is heavy with the overwhelming sense to escape something. Whether it be an emotional or physical escape, an attempt to forget one’s past, to forgive a loved one of their mistakes, or even in some cases, an escape from oneself—the characters in these stories all find themselves in positions to move on in new directions—to abscond from their current situations and to change their perspectives into an alternate way of seeing and feeling. These stories are realist and literary, unified in their theme of observing ordinary persons in unordinary circumstances; the emotional dilemmas and the consequences that follow the character’s choices, and sometimes visits the quiet stillness that is felt when a person is lost within themselves.

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