Date of Award

Spring 5-2011

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Steven Barthelme

Committee Chair Department


Committee Member 2

Charles Sumner

Committee Member 2 Department


Committee Member 3

James Robison


These are short stories where people who don't have very much lose some of what they have. This is a collection of fairy tales, magic realism, surrealism, and other kinds of wonder. In one, a man lives in beer cans until a little girl steals them to recycle. In another, a contractor in the Middle East finds a magical stone that makes him bulletproof, but he dies because he won' t hear the stone's story. In others, a strange man puts an entire town into cages and rolls them away, a woman rules an oyster bar, a beautiful inventor creates new ears from parts ordered off Ebay. A boy meets and loses the love of his life, a young singer leaves her city, a father sells his son's truck, and a man sleeps with his sister. Most of these stories are sad.

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