Title

Wastelanders

Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Stephen G. Jones

Second Advisor

Ruth E. Kocher

Third Advisor

Martin Bickamn

Abstract

Set in the shadowy areas of an otherwise sunny Austin, Texas, Wastelanders is a novel about love, violence and unintended betrayal. At the heart of Wastelanders is a bullet that hits a young girl in the chest and the fallout of that bullet's trajectory. Then there's John Wesley and Ragland Debbie who are trying to live in a world where love is not enough. This novel explores the ghosts of violent acts and the crisis that is American masculinity today.

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