Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Committee Director

Sheri Reynolds

Committee Member

Janet Peery

Committee Member

John McManus

Abstract

Healthy Living and Other Electives is an excerpt of a young adult novel that follows a sixteen-year-old boy, Del Rainey, as he pursues a romantic relationship with a member of his church’s Purity Pledge class. In addition to romance, Del also seeks a better understanding of manhood through interactions with his peers and father. Along the way, we discover how messily intertwined the church, school system, and lives of teenagers are in Del’s small Virginia town. The novel examines themes of religion, bureaucracy, and toxic masculinity.

ISBN

9780355039504

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