These six stories investigate characters who must
begin to understand their own actions, which are often
made in response to authority. In the lives of these
characters, there are schemas which they believe they
fit, certain rules placed on them by society that they
each feel they must obey. It...
A creative work of literary fiction, Chrysalis is
the story of Rachelle Long: a young woman who struggles
to find her identity in a world marked by changing (and
often, conflicting) ideas regarding sexuality, economics,
gender roles and relations, and individual rights. Just
one year into the workforce following her...
The creative writing project Circles in the Sand began as a collection of
interrelated short stories but is now the three opening chapters of a novel, a chapter and an
early draft of what was originally the ending to a novella, and one short story. The
landscape is the upper...
My primary purpose in this thesis is to continue the refocused attention given to American "proletarian" fiction of the 1930's. Because of their politics and supposed artistic inferiority, many of these works have been marginalized by American literary critics. However, many contemporary scholars are reconsidering this genre and devoting more...
DOUBLE EXPOSURE is a novel concerned with the phenomenon of memory. The story
explores such questions as: To what extent does "memory" (and the narratives we construct
from it) explain who we are? How is memory influenced by others-and does it matter if it
is? Can a memory that is...
The narrator of Fortunate Son is Jake, a 21 year-old who has recently arrived in Tucson, Arizona, after
the death of his mother. He's spent his entire life on the road with his mother, possibly followed and
antagonized by his father, whom Jake has never seen. He has come to...
The overarching theme of these stories is the relationship
between love and hate, especially the connection
between kindness and violence.
In this fictional world, love often begets hate, and
hate, love: a man's capacity for empathy serves as the
catalyst for an act of brutality; a character's loneliness,
Scenes from the Tarot is a novella that explores the desire to control time. The narrator, Truth Aiken, spurred by fear of her own death, recounts the story of her sister Beauty's death and its effects on Truth's highly unusual family. Proceeding backwards through time, Truth describes her tumultuous relationships...
The purpose of this thesis was to create a sustained piece of fiction that both
represented my growth as a writer throughout my time at Oregon State University, and
wove together a mixture of imagination, language, and creativity. My hope was to write
a novella that incorporated and drew from...
Set in the dryland farming country of Eastern Oregon in the late 1950's, this novel
follows a year and a half in the life of a young girl as she comes of age. A water rights
dispute, the plight of nearby ranchers, disappointments in her own family and a