Date of Award

5-1-2010

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Townsend, Jacinda

Abstract

A daughter is pressured to marry and must figure out how to reconcile her ideas of independence with her mother's expectations; a young girl, thrust into public school for the first time, discovers that the difference between right and wrong is not always defined by adults; a girl struggling with insecurity meets her perfect college roommate--each of the author's stories focuses on the experience of deciding where to fit in the world and how fitting in is defined by family, society and, ultimately, the self.

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