Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Adjacent to Happiness
by Teng, Merica, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 122; 1517802
Abstract (Summary)

This collection consists of twelve short stories that have been written and edited during my two years in the M.F.A., Creative Writing Program at CSULB. These stories deal with characters battling loneliness, shyness, and self-denial. This entire collection consists of independent pieces. The protagonists are people that can be described as peculiar and seemingly hopeless. These stories were inspired by my personal experiences with people that are very similar to these characters. This collection is a lovely myriad of eccentric people who are doing their very best to overcome their sense of isolation by actively engaging with the outside world. These characters are constantly haunted by their shyness and introversion, and the biggest obstacle that stands in the way of their happiness is acquiring the ability to confront their own issues about these internal nuggets of self-doubt that prevent them from experiencing complete happiness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zepeda, Rafael
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature, Creative writing
Keywords: Original writing
Publication Number: 1517802
ISBN: 978-1-267-47429-2
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