Date of Award

Fall 12-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Randolph Bates

Second Advisor

Carolyn Hembree

Third Advisor

Richard Goodman


This collection of essays meditates on connection and how it is formed and severed. Several pieces consider lasting or arbitrary connections, like those holding together members of a family or the bridges joining two sides of a city. Some consider more tenuous bonds, such as the chance meeting of near-strangers or the moment shared between a child and a dying mouse. Indeed, many pieces consider the ways in which characters are bound to life – and to death.


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