Title

Pool Party

Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9958-9473

Year of Publication

2022

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Arts and Sciences

Department/School/Program

English

First Advisor

Professor Andrew Milward

Abstract

“Pool Party” is part of a linked cycle following four generations of the Taylor family, who are based in Lexington, Kentucky, and the fictionalized South-Central Kentucky town of Sparks. The novella and stories span the late 1970s to the present day, and they are chiefly concerned with the ways guilt, regret, nostalgia, shame, and obligation shape the actions of people as they relate to their families and neighbors. What do we owe, and what are we entitled to? Macro and micro applications of “patient writing,” coined by the novelist Chris Bachelder, inspire the pacing and structure of this work.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.13023/etd.2022.120

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