Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
This collection of loosely linked short stories predominately features young women at moments of change and transformation, who often feel lost and alienated from their homes, relationships and, often, their own bodies. Some of the young women struggle to determine if they have made the wisest decisions while others struggle to find the best solution to their situation. The stories take place in South Carolina, Boston, southwest Virginia, and central Alabama, with several characters showing up in multiple locales, exploring and illuminating feelings of displacement, or physical alienation. Relationships and connections, or the lack thereof, also play a large part in the collection, with the relationship between mother and daughter being the strongest.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Paige, Ashley Leigh, "The First Thing To Go" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 405.