Title

Ordinary Fucking People

Year of Publication

2020

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Arts and Sciences

Department

English

First Advisor

Andrew Milward

Abstract

This collection of ten short stories serves as a subversion of nostalgic “front porch” Appalachian tales, refusing to flinch from the violence and shame that comes with growing up in that unsympathetic environment. Each story explores a new relationship—a closeted transgender teen raging against his parents, boyfriend, and body; a genderless protagonist who watches their mentally ill best friend vanish into thin air; a young woman in a failed marriage, ashamed of her social class. Each protagonist is inhibited by their environment, or by their self, in one way or the other, leaving behind a feeling of profound erotic ambivalence.

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