Date of Award

12-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Program

English

First Advisor/Chairperson

Jennifer A. Howard

Second Advisor

Matthew Gavin Frank

Abstract

ABSTRACT

SOMEWHERE AMONGST THE ASHES

By

Keith Rebec

This story collection explores how human beings deal with loss. Whether the loss stems from death, the loss of personal innocence, or the loss of love, the characters within are forced to make decisions that he or she wouldn't make if given the choice. Some of the characters, in an effort to prevent the same or a similar type of loss from reoccurring in their lives, desperately seek ways to avoid the issues altogether, which further complicates their troubles. Others, unbeknownst to their impending loss, must make split second decisions that will change their lives forever. No matter how well the characters prepare for, or even try to avoid, some potential loss, it always catches up with them and affects each in unexpected ways. Drug abuse, death, and poverty in rural settings set the backdrop for these characters and contribute to whether or not they rise above the challenges and become extraordinary or just fall into the never ending state of being lost.

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