Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Leake, Joanna

Second Advisor

Johnson, Barbara

Third Advisor

Mainieri, Nicholas


Milo struggles to find balance between his financial necessities and artistic aspirations in a modern urban environment. He discovers a rosebush with strange properties that may hold the answer to his monetary woes. However, after interacting with a collection of new acquaintances, Milo begins to question his lackadaisical attitude, his reliance on his roommate’s generosity, and his own get-rich-quick mentality. In this exploration of urban life and the challenges presented therein, Milo must motivate himself to live well or suffer an irredeemable loss of self.


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