Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Beneath the surface
by Forrester, Eric, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 178; 1517624
Abstract (Summary)

This collection of nine stories was written and edited during my two years in the M.F.A. program. All of these stories feature my protagonist, Donnie, throughout different stages of his life. From nearly getting himself killed in his wild twenties, to working as a Merchant Marine in the Gulf of Mexico, to reflections of a retiree's prized youth, Donnie can be seen both feeling right at home amongst friends, as well as struggling for identity in a strange and changing country. Contrasting characters reappear, which creates a cycle designed to be read collectively. Nevertheless, some of these stories are also capable of standing alone, as if the story is simply evaluating a slice of the protagonist's life. The aim of this collection is to explore themes of relocating and rebuilding, loss, resilience, laughter, adventure, guilt, love and advice.

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: British and Irish literature
Publication Number: 1517624
ISBN: 978-1-267-46026-4
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