Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis


English Language and Literatures


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Elise Blackwell


Recurring characters, including two reformed linemen, one megalomaniacal preacher and another kind one, a misunderstood young Wiccan, a grizzled alligator poacher, and a formidable ex-trucker-turned-bartender meet and mingle throughout this collection. Many of the stories use narrative experimentation--for example, broken, distracted structure in a story about teenagers rampaging, or eviscerated language in a post-apocalyptic vignette--to examine themes of community, history, and faith. Linking them all is the lake, which binds them geographically and becomes a symbol of their many different lives, all flowing together from the primordial, swampy headwaters, through the residential calmness, to the dam where they break into rainbows above the spray.