Title

Trigger Men: Novel Excerpt and Stories

Publication Date

8-1-2010

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Department

English

Major Advisor

Brady Udall

Advisor

Mitch Wieland

Advisor

Martin Corless-Smith, Ph.D.

Abstract

This thesis is divided into two sections. The first contains chapters one through five of a novel, Trigger Men, written between early 2009 and the spring of 2010. The novel is about a perpetual loser, Ronald Buck, who turns police informant on his murderously feuding neighbors after fouling up a convenience store robbery. The second section is a collection of five short stories written between the summer of 2007 and the fall of 2008. The stories explore various facets of American manhood, from adolescence to fatherhood.

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