The Remaining and Other Stories

Document Type



Master of Fine Arts


Creative Writing

Date of Defense


Graduate Advisor

John Dalton, MFA


Mary Troy

Glenn Irwin


“The Remaining and Other Stories,” is a collection of short stories that explores how loneliness isolates and marginalizes individuals off from each other and from the world. The stories have a common theme of isolation and family, the troubles modern families have communication with each other. In “The Remaining,” a young man reunites with his father who abandoned him as a child only to discover that he cannot find the answers he is looking for because his father suffered a stroke and cannot talk. In “When Sonny Gets Blue,” a mother must come to terms with her life, realizing that she is more important to her children and husband than she wants to be. In “All the Best People Are Broken,” and “Happiness,” young boys discover the dangers of the “adult world” and must learn how to communicate what they’ve learned to themselves, and their loved ones.

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