Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Date of Defense

4-20-2018

Graduate Advisor

Mary Troy

Committee

John Dalton

Eamonn Wall

Abstract

Second Safest City in America is a collection of short fiction set in Midwestern cities and suburbs, as well as the Gulf Coast. These stories explore the untethered expectations, broken promises, and absurdity of American life. The characters are violent, funny, emotionally unstable, politically wrong-minded, and compassionate. They implore empathy or actively avoid the pain of others. They search out security or take matters into their own hands. They sacrifice and they seek revenge. They are not outliers in this country. They are part of the mainstream weirdness that permeates everything.

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