Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
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.
"Healthy Living and Other Electives"
(2017). Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Thesis, English, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/51sn-av24