Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Courtney Miller Santo
The Tulips as Witness is 42000-word multigenerational short story collection that focuses on an eccentric southern family, the Ashworths. The collection spans not only generations, but also perspectives. Each story is told by a different family member, from the precocious, perceptive, and preternatural child Georgia, to Georgia’s free-spirited and utterly irresponsible mother, Candace, to Georgia’s self-sacrificing grandmother, Ida May. Added to the mix are Georgia’s cousins, Cole and Wyatt, as well as Cole’s stepmother, Margot. The use of multiple perspectives shows the breakdown in communication and understanding between people; the characters have secret parts of themselves that are hidden from even their closest family members.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Quinton, Haley Lynn, "The Tulips as Witness" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1994.