Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"A Return to Dover"
by Wilson, Cory, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 175; 1590197
Abstract (Summary)

A Return to Dover is a novel about a musician, Jimmy Marsan, who, after twenty years, returns home to a small beach community in central California. The novel begins with a severe economic crash that, along with spiraling drug addiction, propels the protagonist to a shelter that is run by an old friend and former band mate, Rich Turley along with his wife, Joy. Once there, Jimmy is quickly confronted with an unsettled past involving abandonment and abortion, mental illness and murder, punk rock idealism and love lost. In a world where aging punk rockers and surfers turn to religion and science; where murder and addiction turn to motivational speaking and motive for profit; where beautiful women disfigure themselves with tattoos, plastic surgery, and starvation; a struggling musician will attempt to reinvent himself and start anew.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Greenberg, Suzanne
Commitee: Dilts, Tyler, Glatt, Lisa
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Literature
Keywords: Dover, Return
Publication Number: 1590197
ISBN: 978-1-321-78968-3
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