Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Committee Director

Janet Peery

Committee Member

Blake Bailey

Committee Member

Sheri Reynolds

Abstract

The stories in Misplaced Boys present characters deeply affected by parental relationships. The stories are set in locations across the U.S.—Baltimore, New York, Kansas; an elementary school, a suburban home—and feature characters grappling with the question of how to live in the absence of a parental figure: a young and inexperienced teacher trying to reconcile the gaping disparities between expectation and reality; a successful voice actor selling his voice and dealing with the consequences; a delusional man who becomes obsessed with self-reliance after his father’s death and clambers to get to his funeral; an elementary school boy trying to raise his brothers after their mother enters a coma.

ISBN

9781339787893

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