Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

M.O. Walsh

Second Advisor

Joanna Leake

Third Advisor

Daniel Doll


The Light Bearer consists of seven stories that are set in and around the small town of Anderson Place, Tennessee. Their focus is on the inhabitants of the town, which is in the process from expanding from a rural town to a bedroom community of the expanding Nashville. These stories remain interested in the everyday lives of the characters, and their focus remains on the interpersonal relationships of those individuals. Six of the seven stories are set in contemporary Tennessee, while the last story focuses on events that occurred in the early 1960s.


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