Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Benedict, Pinckney


After Riley Burns loses her mother the same night she is born, she engages in the difficult process of growing up without a mother role model. This collection of short stories includes Riley coming to terms with her less-than-large breasts, her friend's battle with anorexia, an attractive but troublesome love who sports a glass eye, a sex-obsessed college roommate, and a wish to slip away that leads her to attempt suicide. She takes on these challenges all while dealing with frequent asthma attacks and her overprotective father.




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