This thesis presents the opening six chapters of my novel, still in progress by the time of this publication, titled Do We Run? Each of the chapters was written during my time in the M.F.A program at CSULB, though the original concept of the story was conceived a year prior to my acceptance into the program. Do We Run? takes place in Southern Mexico during the mid-2000s. It is in this location and time period in which the Drug War officially began. That said, this work is not intended to be a historical piece but rather a reimagination of the dystopian Mexico as it was then and as it continues to be today. Therefore, no character in this book is based on a living person. The geography is also part of my imagination, though many places are drawn from my personal experience in the region. The main characters of the book are three adolescents whose lives intermingle with the rise of violence in their hometown of Pueblo Caliente. Rodolfo is a quiet boy who likes to daydream about a prettier and happier world where he is not alone. On the other hand, his close friend Alejandra is a restless and witty girl who is always looking forward to her next mischievous adventure. Together these two have grown up, laughed, and loved; however, the bloody mess in which they soon find themselves bends and twists their childhood as well as their friendship. Throughout this turbulence the reader also encounters the third and last lead-character of the story, a teenage boy named Willy, who sees the trafficking of drugs as an opportunity to prove his courage and value as a man. Hoping for wealth and fame, he embarks on a self-destructive journey.
|Commitee:||Glatt, Lisa, Zepeda, Rafael|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Creative writing, Modern literature|
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