Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Committee Director

Janet Peery

Committee Member

John McManus

Committee Member

David Metzger

Abstract

On the day of his mother’s death, Charlie Agate abandons his current life and returns to his childhood home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For months, this new residency enables his thirst for isolation and comfort, but at last Charlie ventures back into the public world where he forms an unlikely bond with an elderly woman, Virginia Day. Virginia is strange and impoverished, broken and yet hopeful as she maintains an assertion so outlandish Charlie can’t help but pursue the truth of this mystery alongside her. This novella is about faith and mystery, guilt that leads to opportunity, and the persistence of charity unquenched by reward.

ISBN

9780355959918

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