Master of Fine Arts
Date of Defense
John Dalton, MFA
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.
DSouza, Jessyka Lee, "Abscond" (2013). Theses. 79.